Formation of Utah Copper Company
Utah Copper Company was incorporated on June 4, 1903. The mine was created to process low-grade copper ore found in Bingham Canyon, about 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Most experts of that day said the company would never make money: the ore grade was too low, only 39 pounds of copper per ton of ore. Steam shovels began working on the mountain in 1906 and mining has continued for the next 100 years.