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Cedar City in Iron County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Ore Shovel

 
 
The Ore Shovel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 29, 2016
1. The Ore Shovel Marker
Inscription.  In the 1930s, iron mining expanded in Iron County and massive shovels were needed to excavate the needed ore. According to company delivery records, two Bucyrus-Erie 120-B shovels were delivered to the Utah Construction Company in Cedar City in September of 1936 for use in the iron mines. At the time, the hourly wage for a shovel operator was $0.48 per hour.

The electric 120-B shovel had a six cubic yard dipper capacity, big enough to scoop up six tons of dirt and rock, enough to fill a hole the size of a large pick-up truck with extended cab and bed. AC power was supplied to the shovel via a trailing 23,000 volt electric cable which drove a 275-horsepower motor-generator set. When moving the shovel from pit to pit, bulldozers were employed to prevent the huge tracks from slipping down the hill.

About 330 of the 120-Bs were sold around the world over a period lasting almost three decades. SHE (shovel excavator) 22 was used continuously until the 1970's. SHE-22 had previously been located west of town where it sat for many years. In 2012, in partnership with Utah State Parks, Cedar City, Iron County, Gilbert Development, Inc., and
Marker detail: Bucyrus-Erie 120-B loading ore image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Bucyrus-Erie 120-B loading ore
Construction Steel, Inc., the shovel was relocated to Frontier Homestead State Park.

(photo captions)
• Iron County pit mining, early 1920's
• SHE-22 in action
• Bucyrus-Erie 120-B loading ore
 
Erected by Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.
 
Location. 37° 41.323′ N, 113° 3.732′ W. Marker is in Cedar City, Utah, in Iron County. Marker is on North Main Street (Utah Route 130) south of Iron Mission Parkway (West 685 North), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located within Frontier Homestead State Park, overlooking the giant Ore Shovel exhibit, near the museum front entrance on North Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 635 North Main Street, Cedar City UT 84721, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Legacies of Iron County (a few steps from this marker); The Hay Derrick (a few steps from this marker); The Caboose (a few steps from this marker); Cedar City Historic Pioneer Cemetery Wall (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Deseret Iron Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Iron Works Blast Furnace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cedar City Railroad Depot (approx. half a mile away); Escalante Trail (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cedar City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a painted metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high metal post.
 
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The Ore Shovel Marker (<i>wide view; Ore Shovel in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 29, 2016
3. The Ore Shovel Marker (wide view; Ore Shovel in background)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
 
Also see . . .
1. Bucyrus Erie 120-B mining shovel. A short video showing the Bucyrus Erie 120-B in operation. (Submitted on March 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Bucyrus 120-B Mining Shovel. In 1925 Bucyrus announced the world's first mine and quarry shovel designed for loading rail cars or trucks. The 120-B tipped the scales at 170 tons, and its robust construction and “over-design” earned it an enviable reputation for reliability in the toughest digging. It was ruggedly built, utilizing massive castings and riveted construction in an era when welding was not yet established. It moved on standard 36-inch-wide crawler shoes and sat firmly on a substantial undercarriage measuring 17 feet wide by 19 feet 4 inches long. Its 32-foot-long boom and 22-foot dipper handle provided a maximum dumping height of 21 feet 6 inches at 39 feet 3 inches radius. (Submitted on March 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Bucyrus-Erie 120-B Ore Shovel "SHE-22" Dipper image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 29, 2016
4. Bucyrus-Erie 120-B Ore Shovel "SHE-22" Dipper
Bucyrus-Erie 120-B Ore Shovel "SHE-22"<i>Cab Interior image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 29, 2016
5. Bucyrus-Erie 120-B Ore Shovel "SHE-22"Cab Interior
Bucyrus-Erie 120-B Ore Shovel "SHE-22" image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 29, 2016
6. Bucyrus-Erie 120-B Ore Shovel "SHE-22"
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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