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At the Signal: 1942

At the Signal: 1942

November 1942. "Bingham Canyon, Utah. Signalman of the Utah Copper Company at its open-pit mine workings." Photo by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information. View full size.


Long Gone

The town of Bingham Canyon slowly disappeared as the mine expanded. By 1972 the town had disincorporated and the last of the buildings had been razed. The photo below gives an idea of how part of the town looked in the mid-1950s.

A landslide at the open pit mine in April 2013 was the largest non-volcanic landslide in U.S. history (165 million cubic meters of rock and dirt). Monitoring of the walls of the pit at the mine allowed all personnel to leave the mine hours before the collapse took place. After some cleanup, the mining at the site resumed.

Talk about living on the edge!

What is holding that "building" to the edge of the cliff? Imagine you go inside and take out your lunch, sit back and open the newspaper, then you notice your tin coffee cup slowly sliding across the table. Yikes!

Look what I found

Did anyone here lose a flag?

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