Utah has 13 gold producing districts (with production of greater than 10,000 oz.) per USGS Professional Publication 610 (USGS PP 610) most of these districts are the Bingham (where gold is a byproduct), Tintic, Camp Floyd, and Park City. Total gold production to 1965 was 17.8 million oz., 6th in the U.S. The Bingham District produced 10.6 million oz. of the total production. Utah was a large producer of copper, silver, lead and zinc. Bingham District continues to be a major copper producer where Kennecott operates the Bingham open pit mine, the largest manmade excavation in the world. The Tintic and Park City districts were big producers of silver, lead and zinc. The fining of uranium in the eastern part of the state produced a boom and many mining companies. The center of the boom was the town of Moab in Grand County. This gallery is arranged alphabetically by county. Utah continues to be an important coal producing state.
Beginning our Journey … by County
Beaver County is located in the west central portion of the State. The County seat is Beaver and the population is approximately 6,600 (2010). The San Francisco district produced gold and copper.
Per the 1956 Miners Register, King David Mining Company was organized in 1908 under the laws of Utah and is a subsidiary of the Tintic Lead Co. It operated the King David Mine located two miles from the town of Frisco in Beaver County. The mine was a producer of lead, copper, and zinc and was under lease to Metal Producers, Inc. since 1942. The mine was inactive in 1956.
Certificate # 2649 of 1935 Notes/ Incorporation: Laws of Utah/ Printer: Republic Bank Note Co. Pittsburg, PA. / Vignette: Crown and open pit mine with trains and power shovels.
Eureka County is located in western Utah. The County seat is Nephi and the population is approximately 10,200 (2010). The County is home of the town of Eureka and the Tintic Mining District. Per USGS PP the Tintic and East Tintic Districts produced 2.6 million oz. of Gold. The Districts produced significant amounts of silver, lead and zinc. Eureka was reached by branch lines of the Denver & Rio Grande Western RR and the Union Pacific RR.
Per the 1931 Mines Handbook, the Godiva Mining Company was incorporated under the laws of Utah in 1883. It owned 67 acres in the Tintic District, Juab County. The property was located one mile east of the town of Eureka. Mineralization included gold, silver, lead, and zinc. Production prior to 1916 was $16 million and $1.8 million in dividends were paid. The mine was worked under leases in the 1920’s. Certificate # 55 (UU) of 188_ Notes: Incorporation: Laws of Utah Territory /Printer: Salt Lake City Tribune Print
Grand County is located in eastern Utah. The County seat is Moab and the population is approximately 9,200 (2010). Grand County is a center for uranium mining and exploration in eastern Utah and western Colorado. Moab was reached by a branch line of the Denver & Rio Grande Western RR.
Per the 1956 Mines Register the Lakeside Monarch Mining Company was incorporated in Utah in 1936 and shares were listed on the Salt Lake City Stock Exchange. In 1956, the company’s place of business was the uranium building in Moab, Grand County, UT. Company mines located in Colorado and Utah produced uranium and vanadium. The company also owned lead-zinc claims in Tooele County. Certificate # 3626 of 1956 Notes: Incorporation: Laws of Utah /Printer: not known
Per the 1956 Miners Register (Google Books), the Lavender Uranium Corporation was a uranium prospect in the Indian Creek District, San Juan County. Certificate # 2530 of 1954 Notes/ Incorporation: Laws of Utah/ Printer: Rock Mountain Bank Note Co. Salt Lake
Grand County is located in western. The County seat is Fillmore and the population is approximately 12,500 (2010). Millard County is not noted for mining.
Per the 1920 Miners Register (Google Books), the property of the Antelope Star Mining Company consisted of 200 acres 20 miles northeast of the town of Milford, Millard County. Mineralization consisted of lead, silver, iron and copper. Development consisted of a tunnel, shaft, and drifts. Certificate # 670 of 1916 Notes: Incorporation: Laws of Utah/ Printer: Goes
Salt Lake County
Salt Lake County is located in the northerly portion of the state it contains Salt Lake City, the Capital of the State of Utah. The combined population of the county and city is over one million. Mining and smelting continue to be important in the county economy. The Bingham pit is located in the southwesterly corner of the county and the historic town of Alta is located in the southeasterly corner of the county.
Per the 1920 Miners Register (Google Books), the Emma Siler Mining Company was organized in Utah in the year 1919 to take over earlier failed companies associated with the Emma Mine. This mine was an early producer in the Little Cottonwood District near the town of Alta, Salt Lake County, Utah. The original company produced $6 million. Shares of the company were listed on the Salt Lake City Stock Exchange. Certificate # H 1300 Notes/ Incorporation: Laws of Utah/ Printer: not listed.
Per the 1931 Mines Handbook, the Montana-Bingham Consolidated Mining Company was controlled by the United States Smelting, Refining and Mining Company (USSRMC). The company owned 280 acres in the Bingham District and produced lead, zinc, and copper. The mines were worked by the Montana-Bingham Tunnel which connected the mine workings with the Bingham-Garfield RR in Bingham Canyon. The USSRMC owned extensive and productive mines situated to the east (Lark Unit) and south (U.S. Unit) of the Bingham pit. Certificate # 6301 of 1918 Notes: Incorporation: Laws of Utah /Place of Business: Salt Lake City, UT / Printer: not known
Information on the National Tunnel & Mines Company was found from the book Images of Rail, Tooele Valley Railroad (Google Books) and Wikipedia. The company was formed in 1937 to consolidate previous companies and to connect the Utah Apex and Utah Delaware copper mines in Bingham Canyon with the International Smelting and Refining plant located near Tooele via a 4.5 mile tunnel. The Utah Apex and Utah Delaware were underground copper-lead-zinc producers that were located near the southerly limits of the Bingham Mine open pit of which is owned by Kennecott. Bingham canyon is located on the easterly side of the Oqurrh Mountains; Tooele is located on the westerly side of the Oqurrh Mountains. Work on the Elton Tunnel was initiated in 1937 and was completed in 1941. The solved serious water problems at the mines and replaced an aerial tramway between the mines and smelter. Low metal prices after WW2 contributed to the company going bankrupt in 1948. The assets were sold to Anaconda.
Per the 1931 Mines Handbook the Niagara Mining Company was controlled by the United States Smelting, Refining and Mining Company (USSRMC). The company lands in the Bingham District and produced lead, zinc, and copper. The mines were worked by the Niagara Tunnel which connected the mine workings with the Bingham-Garfield RR in Bingham Canyon. The USSRMC owned extensive and productive mines situated to the east (Lark Unit) and south (U.S. Unit) of the Bingham pit. Certificate # 277 of 1917 Notes: Incorporation: Laws of Main/ Printer: John A. Lowell Bank Note Company, Boston / Comments: The certificate has an impression seal with a date of 1911.
Per the 1931 Mines Handbook, the Utah Metal and Tunnel Company was incorporated under the laws of Maine in 1914 as a reorganization of the Bingham Central, Bingham Standard, and Bingham Metal Companies. The mine was located near the Utah Delaware of the National Tunnel and Mines Co. There was some production and some dividends were paid. The 1956 Mines Register lists the company as inactive. Certificate # 14539 for less than 100 shares of 1942 Notes/ Incorporation: Laws of Main/ Printer: America Bank Note Co.: Vignette: Surface working of mines/ Colors: Brown and black on white paper.
Summit County is located in east of Salt Lake City. The county seat is Coalville, and the population is approximately 36,300 (2010). The Park City District is the only significant mining district in the County. Park City was reached by a branch line of the Union Pacific RR. Today Park City is a significant ski resort.
Per the 1956 Miners Register, United Park City Mines was organized in 1953 under the laws of Delaware as a consolidation of the Park Utah Consolidated Mines, Silver King Coalition Mines, and the Daley Mining Company. It was a significant lead, zinc, silver and copper producer in 1956.
Certificate # N/O 18362 of 1958 Notes/ Incorporation: Laws of Delaware/ Printer: Columbian Bank Note Co. / Vignette: Underground miner flanked by allegorical figures.
Tooele County is located in east of Salt Lake County. The county seat is Tooele, and the population is approximately 58,200 (2010). Tooele County has three mining districts that are listed in USGS PP 610. The International Smelting and Refining Company, a subsidiary of Anaconda, operate a large smelter near Tooele. This plant was served by the Tooele Valley RR. The Deep Creek RR served the Deep Creek District in the far western part of the county.
Per the 1920 Mines Register (Google Books) the Pole-Star Copper Company has 230 acres in the Deep Creek or Clifton District in western Toole County. The property is located two miles north of the town of Gold Hill. Mineralization consisted of copper, silver, and bismuth. There were nine shafts and five tunnels. In 1918 the company was prospecting. Certificate # 3135 of 1917 Notes: Incorporation: Laws of Delaware / Printer: Republic Bank Note Company, Pittsburg, PA