Bingham District

Mining District with commodities copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, lead, zinc, sulfuric acid, rhenium, platinum-group elements, selenium, tellurium, arsenic, uranium, indium, titanium

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About this location

Feature ID Re-Mr00077
Geographic coordinates -112.139772, 40.536199
Point definition Approximate center of polygon
Polygon definition Mineral district from database
Reference UGS Utah Mining Districts (2012)
Date: 2012

Descriptions from sources


“The Bingham mining district played a crucial role in the history of Utah, mining in the American West, and the development of large porphyry copper deposits. Following an initial discovery of mineralization about 1850, the discovery of galena, which ultimately led to the exploitation of the Canyon’s ore deposits, was made in 1863. Many of the early engineering developments of large scale, open-pit copper mining were initiated in the early 1900s by the adjoining Utah Copper and Boston Consolidated Companies at Bingham. Bingham also played an important role in the Allies efforts during World Wars I and II. The Bingham mining district is Utah’s largest producer of copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, lead, and zinc and is one of the most productive districts in the world.”

Phillips, C.H., and Krahulec, K., 2006, Geology and History of the Bingham Mining District, Salt Lake County, Utah: Utah Geological Association, Mining Districts of Utah, 41 p.

History of the site

Dates Status Detail Reference
1863 to 1863 Active Since its discovery in 1863, the Bingham district has been at various times a gold, silver, lead-zinc, and copper producer Babcock and others (1995)

Geographic context based on the point coordinates