History of Bingham Canyon, Utah

When dad got sick from silicosis he was fired and ejected from the company house. We had terrible floods and fires. I have stories of the terrible oppressive measures the companies used to control their workers. When I was small, I watched the violence during the strikes, and later was a participant. About 2 years were subtracted from my meager pension because of strikes.

By 1895 most of the ore bodies were bought by big eastern and foreign companies in a dog eat dog fashion; Utah Consolidated, Boston Consolidated, United States Mining, Apex, and Ohio Copper to name a few of the many. In 1902 Utah Copper began to buy out many of the others and developed open pit mining. Steam shovels from the Panama Canal were now in Bingham. Fifty years later Utah Copper was bought by Kennecott Copper and even they were bought out by other English owners. Many changes followed over the years and today it is the most modern mine in the world.

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