Tom Ashworths Prospectors Cache


by Tom Ashworth


COUNTY:Salt Lake County


Most of the 10,651,000 ounces of gold produced in Salt Lake County came from the world famous Bingham Canyon copper mine which is located about 10 miles southwest of Salt Lake in the Oquirrh Range.


Alta today is a famous ski resort, but it began as a mining town. There are many old mines that produced lode gold with lead and silver.


Bingham is located in the West Mountain district on the east slope of the Oquirrh Range and is the leading mining district in Utah and the forth largest in the United States. Gold was discovered here in 1863. In Bingham Canyon, the entire length (including Bear Gulch to its head) produced rich placer gravels. Most of the area has productive placers in all tributary streams. In all neighboring canyons gravel can be found on walls high and dry above the present streams and they all contain gold. In Middle Bingham Canyon on Argonaut, Dixon, Cherikino, and upper Clays ground there are productive placer deposits. In Carr Fork, The Gardella Pit, was a rich placer deposit. In Lower Bingham Canyon, the St. Louis, Lashbrook, and Schenk placer were all very productive. The rim deposits, in the Old Channel , Clays, and Mayberry placer workings were also very rich. In the West Mountain and Bingham Placers the workings in Deep gravels were also very rich. Along Damphool Gulch, is another rich placer deposit, you will find angular gold, nuggets to a very large size. At the mouth of Damphool Gulch there were some very rich deposits the were worked by shafts to work the deep bedrock. The West Jordan Claim, in Bingham Canyon, was the original discovery site for the placer gold. The district is estimated to have produced over 1,000,000 ounces of placer gold. The Highland Boy mine led to the original discovery of pyritic copper ores that produced a by product of gold.


Brighton is now a ski resort, but was once a boom town for gold, with copper and silver.


The area copper mines produce a by product of gold.

Salt Lake City

There is a rumor that on the due east side of Salt Lake City, on the mountainside a short distance above the Pioneer Monument, a large cement slab seals the entrance to a tunnel which, rumor has it, is an undeveloped, extremely rich lode gold mine owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a reserve should they ever need it. If you go southeast of Salt Lake by 20 miles you will be in the Cottonwood Mining district. This district produced over 30,000 ounces of gold at Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood camps.

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