Series 28841
Bingham Canyon (Utah) Photographs

Dates: 1923-1978.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains historic photographs of Bingham Canyon, the Bingham copper mine, and the nearby city of Copperton. The photographs in this series document the settlement and buildings of workers and families who lived in Bingham Canyon (and nearby Copperton), prior to Bingham Canyon being abandoned and completely swallowed up by ongoing open-pit copper mining in the canyon. The bulk of the photographs in this series are dated and were taken by Utah Copper Mine (U.C.M.), a mining company that once held stake in mining operations at Bingham before it was consolidated with numerous other entities over time. The company photographer was located in the engineering office at the Arthur Mill, which was closed in 1984 and subsequently demolished in 1991. The position of company photographer was abolished at that time, and all subsequent photography of the mine and mining operations was contracted to private commercial photographers. Box 1 contains portraits, small photographs, and post cards of Bingham Canyon, the mine, and Copperton. Box 2 contains larger panoramic photographs of both Bingham Canyon and Copperton.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Related Records

Minutes from Bingham Canyon (Utah), Series 4587, contain minutes kept by the Bingham Canyon City Council, which document the decision-making process of the council and provide a historical record of the decisions of municipal government.

Correspondence and subject files from Bingham Canyon (Utah), Series 4590, contain the surviving correspondence and subject files of the city of Bingham Canyon.

Ordinances and resolutions from Bingham Canyon (Utah), Series 4599, contain ordinances that document the history of the laws of Bingham Canyon over the entire existence of the municipality.

Recorder's official records from Bingham Canyon (Utah), Series 17530, contain the surviving recorded documents from the Bingham Canyon City Recorder's Office, including wills, contracts, affidavits, and other documents filed with the city recorder.

Custody History

The photographs in this series were donated to the Utah State Archives by an employee of the Division of Risk Management. They were saved from a building in Bingham Canyon before it was demolished to make way for the mine. Due to the unique artifactual nature of these photographs and their importance in documenting an important part of the state's history they have been accessioned into the holdings of the Utah State Archives under this agency.

Additional Forms

This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Archives.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public: All photographs in this series are classified as public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was processed by Jim Kichas in April 2016.

Indexing Terms

  • Utah--Mining records--Photographs
  • Utah--Mining districts--Environmental aspects
  • Utah--Bingham Canyon (Utah)--Pollution
  • Bingham Canyon (Utah)

Container List

BOX FOLDER DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1 1923 May 28 Bingham Canyon Mining Operations
1 2 1923 May 28 Bingham Canyon Railroad and Tailings
1 3 1923 May 28 Bingham Canyon Railroad and Tailings
1 4 1923 Jun 6 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge
1 5 1926 Jun 6 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge
1 6 1926 Jun 6 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge
1 7 1926 Aug 24 Bingham Canyon D-line Bridge
1 8 1926 Sep 18 Buildings Under Construction
1 9 1926 Sep 18 Buildings Under Construction
1 10 1926 Sep 18 Buildings Under Construction
1 11 1926 Sep 19 Buildings Under Construction
1 12 1926 Sep 20 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge and Terrace
1 13 1926 Sep 28 Buildings Under Construction
1 14 1926 Sep 28 Copper Housing Development
1 15 1926 Oct 16 Buildings Under Construction
1 16 1926 Oct 16 Buildings Under Construction
1 17 1926 Oct 16 Housing and Workers
1 18 1927 Sep 1 Panorama of Copperton Housing Development
1 19 1927 Sep 1 Copperton Housing Development
1 20 1928 Sep 1 Copperton Housing Development
1 21 1928 Oct 4 Copperton Housing Development
1 22 1929 Sep 11 Copperton Housing Development
1 23 1930 Jun 29 Copperton Housing Development
1 24 1930 Aug 11 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge and Buildings
1 25 1930 Aug 11 Railroad Tunnel Opening
1 26 1930 Aug 11 Building Interior
1 27 1930 Aug 11 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge and Buildings
1 28 1930 Nov 10 Copperton Housing Development
1 29 1933 Jul 1 Porch of a Building
1 30 1941 Aug 12 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge and Buildings
1 31 1941 Sep 1 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge and Buildings
1 32 1942 Jan 20 Tunnel
1 33 1945 Jan 14 Markham Bridge and Tunnel
1 34 1946 Nov 19 Aerial View of Bingham Canyon
1 35 1953 Nov 17 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge
1 36 1953 Nov 17 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge
1 37 1954 Mar 10 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge
1 38 1956 May 3 Landscape with Housing and Mining Development
1 39 1956 May 16 Railroad and Buildings
1 40 1956 May 16 Bingham Canyon Rail Lines
1 41 1956 Dec 4 Bingham Canyon Railroad Tunnel and Building
1 42 1957 Feb 15 Workers in Tunnel
1 43 1957 Feb 15 Workers in Tunnel
1 44 1957 Feb 15 Equipment in Tunnel
1 45 1957 Feb 15 Workers outside Tunnel
1 46 1957 Jun 8 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge and Buildings
1 47 1957 Jun 8 Flooded Tunnel with Equipment
1 48 1957 Jun 8 Landscape with Tunnel, Buildings, and Equipment
1 49 1958 Apr 28 Houses in Bingham Canyon
1 50 1959 Jul 22 Bingham Canyon Mining Terrace
1 51 1960 Jun 20 Detail Shot of Markham Gulch Looking West
1 52 1965 Jul 22 Bingham Canyon Railroad and Operations
1 53 1978 May 15 Aerial View of Bingham Canyon
1 54 1978 May 15 Aerial View of Bingham Canyon
1 55 1978 Jun 26 Aerial View of Bingham Canyon
1 56 Bingham Canyon Buildings (Undated)
1 57 Bingham Canyon Rail Line Bridge (Undated)
1 58 Copperton School House (Undated)
1 59 Construction Work in Bingham Canyon (Undated)
1 60 Construction Work in Bingham Canyon (Undated)
1 61 Construction Work in Bingham Canyon (Undated)
1 62 Construction Work in Bingham Canyon (Undated)
1 63 Bingham Copper Mine Postcard (Undated)
1 64 Bingham Copper Mine Postcard (Undated)
1 65 Color Photograph of the Bingham Copper Mine (Undated)
1 66 Color Photograph of the Bingham Copper Mine (Undated)
1 67 Houses and Workers in Bingham Canyon (Undated)
1 68 Aerial View of Bingham Canyon (Undated)
2 1 1929 Sep 12 Panorama of Copperton
2 2 1929 Sep 12 Panorama of Copperton
2 3 1931 May 12 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Tailings
2 4 1934 Feb 19 Panorama of Bingham Canyon
2 5 1939 May 12 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Rail Lines and Buildings
2 6 1939 May 12 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Rail Lines and Buildings
2 7 1939 May 12 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Rail Lines and Buildings
2 8 1939 Jun 6 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Railroad Bridge
2 9 1939 Jun 6 Panorama of the Mouth of Bingham Canyon
2 10 1939 Jun 6 Panorama of Rail Lines and Buildings at the Mouth of Bingham Canyon
2 11 1939 Sep 6 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Railroad Bridge
2 12 1940 Apr 23 Panorama of Bingham Canyon and Mine
2 13 1940 Oct 15 Panorama of Bingham Canyon and Mine
2 14 1941 Jul 31 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Mine and Railroad
2 15 1941 Aug 12 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Railroad Bridge
2 16 1941 Aug 12 Panorama of Bingham Canyon
2 17 1943 Sep 1 Panorama of Bingham Canyon
2 18 1943 Sep 1 Panorama of Bingham Canyon
2 19 1944 Nov 4 Panorama of Bingham Canyon
2 20 1944 Nov 4 Panorama of Bingham Canyon
2 21 1944 Nov 4 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Railroad and Mining Operations
2 22 1957 Feb 15 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Railroad and Mining Operations
2 23 1957 Feb 15 Panorama of Bingham Canyon Railroad and Mining Operations
2 24 Panorama of Copperton (Undated)

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