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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

Carr Fork Canyon as seen from the "G" Bridge, Bingham Copper Mine, Utah. Nov. 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Love these old photos

I heard a lot about Bingham Canyon growing up. My mother was Athena Spetsas, a daughter of a Greek immigrant. It's nice to see pictures to go with the stories I have heard, especially since most of the area has now been mined out.

I lived here in the 1950s

My family of 12 were born and grew up here. Our neighborhood was called "Dinkeyville" and it was a wonderful enchanted hometown. In the winter we went sledding in those canyons -- in the summertime we went exploring and hiking and playing with our friends. They have a reunion in August for all who want to share photos and memories, at Copperton Park on August 21 in Copperton, Utah. Here are a few photos, and us as little kids.

Bingham Canyon Mine

I used to work there. It is an open pit mine and as you can imagine it has grown quite a bit since this photo was taken. The mine just celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2004. It still holds the record for the largest man made excavation. That entire canyon is now part of the open pit and no longer exists. I have a CD with about 500 photos of this particular mine on it. Steam shovels steam engines and all.

Photographer

Those who follow photography recognize Andreas Feininger as one of the premier photographers of the era... It is Andreas's sense of composition and exposure that makes this arresting image... You can be sure that he climbed all over that slope in freezing weather carrying a heavy 4x5 camera and tripod, looking for 'the' shot...

denny - old photographer

Just a great picture.

Just a great picture.

carr fork canyon

Beautiful photo

carr fork canyon

this is one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen.

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

wow! In a strange way, it's almost beautiful.

Shorpy's bridge

He was a regular little industrialist, that kid.

shorpy.com Sponsorship

Good to see that shorpy.com was already sponsoring all those copper digs and the bridges which spanned the area. Impressive advertising. :)

 
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