Bingham Canyon in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Town of Bingham Canyon
In 1850 the Bingham brothers took samples of assayed ore to Brigham Young who advised them not to engage in mining at that time. Following the discovery of silver and gold containing ore in the fall of 1863, the west mountain mining district, embracing the entire Oquirrh range, was organized.
In 1868 fewer than one hundred people lived in Bingham Canyon; by 1880 the town had grown to a population of 1,022. About 1893 Col. Enos A. Wall located ground containing millions of pounds of copper. The Utah Copper Company began large scale mining operations in 1904. The town was incorporated as a city on February 29, 1904. Involved in its history were people of many nations, Greeks, Italians, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese, British and Australians.
The prosperous Bingham Mine led the nation in the production of copper but the prosperity which built the town also hastened its death. The land where the town was located is now a part of the Kennecott Copper Open Pit Mine. The 1970 census
Erected by , and this site donated by Jack Tallis, Bingham businessman.
Location. 40° 32.132′ N, 112° 8.874′ W. Marker is in Bingham Canyon, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Kennecott Access Road and Utah Route 111. Touch for map. At the Bingham Canyon Visitor's Center. Marker is in this post office area: Bingham Canyon UT 84006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stamp Mill Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Bingham Canyon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honoring with Glory (approx. 3.2 miles away); Copperton Community Methodist Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bingham City Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fort Herriman (approx. 6.1 miles away); Pioneer Rock Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Thomas Butterfield (approx. 6.4 miles away).
1. Movement of Marker
It is believed that this marker was originally located just to the west of a souvenir shop called the House of Copper, at the end of Utah Highway 48 on the west side of Copperton (a brown state Historical Marker sign still exists just east of that location). The House of Copper is now the Ore House, a bar at the very end of the highway and just below a huge mound of waste rock that towers above it.
Until 1992 Utah Highway 48 was the access to Bingham Canyon and the Visitor Center at the top of the canyon on the west side of the mine pit. When that access was closed in 1992, this marker was probably moved to a Visitor Center at the upper northeast corner of the pit. It then moved again in 2005 to its current location when the Visitors Center was relocated moved to its current location near the northwest corner of the pit at about the halfway vertical level of the pit.
— Submitted August 27, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118.
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