The town consisted of mostly people who were Danish, Swedish, English, and a few Germans. The Smelter camp had Greek, Croatian, Japanese, Spanish. Most of the people in Garfield worked at the Mills. (Magna and Arthur). My grandfather was born in Germany.
Kennecott Copper emerged on the scene in about 1910 when Utah Copper merged with Boston Consolidated. Kennecott became the sole owner of Utah Copper in 1936. The Smelter was purchased by Kennecott in 1959 from ASARCO. At one time this company was the largest producer of copper in the world.
Kennecott was very nice to the town of Garfield. Each year at Christmas time, the local schools would take all the students to the Arthur Club house and we would see a movie and Santa then would give each child a large bag of candy. It was great.
Two things that were not so neat about Garfield was that the Smelter smoke was sometimes so bad that we would have to put a handkerchief over our face to breath. It helped to kill the vegetation around the area. Also, the early pioneers cut down many trees in the Oquirrh’s. It has taken years of proper management to bring things back to how they used to be when John Muir first saw it.