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Sandy in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Mingo Smelter

 
 
Mingo Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
1. Mingo Smelter Marker
Inscription. The Mingo Smelter was the largest single producer in Utah of metals such as gold, silver, and lead. When it began in 1873, it was known as the Mountain Chief Smelter and was renamed the Mingo smelter in 1876 when it was expanded. By 1881 it produced 19,000,000 pounds of unrefined metal which was shipped to Pennsylvania. The rich ores came from Little Cottonwood Canyon, Bingham Canyon and Lark and provided work for 500 to 1,200 men. Power for the smelter was provided by water traveling through a network of canals to Allsopís Pond on the south side of Locust Street. From there, it was channeled through wooden pipes to Mingo. In 1877 the plant consisted of Blake crusher, one pair of Cornish rolls, two reverberatory furnaces for ore, matte, and flue dust, three blast furnaces, two boilers, three blowers, and one 35 horsepower horizontal engine. The iron flux came from the Tintic District, the limestone was bought in Salt Lake City, and the fuel used was coke.

Using all four of its furnaces, the Mingo Smelter could produce enough metal to fill sixteen railroad cars each week. It was destroyed by fire in 1887 and was rebuilt in 1888.

The Mingo closed in April 1901 when the ores were depleted. This was one of the most successful of the old smelters that operated in Utah.
 
Erected
Ore car image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
2. Ore car
1993 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 470.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 40° 35.271′ N, 111° 53.35′ W. Marker is in Sandy, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on 9000 South (State Highway 209), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 E 9000 South, Sandy UT 84070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Jordan Pioneer Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); West Jordan (approx. 2.3 miles away); West Jordan Settlement (approx. 2.4 miles away); North Jordan Canal (approx. 2.4 miles away); South Jordan Settlement (approx. 2.6 miles away); Utah Idaho Sugar Factory (approx. 3.1 miles away); Salt Lake and Utah Railroad (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Old School House (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Marker and ore car image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
3. Marker and ore car
Mingo Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
4. Mingo Smelter Marker
Donor plaque on ore car image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
5. Donor plaque on ore car
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,627 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on September 15, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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