Big Cottonwood Canyon TrailIn the foothills above Wasatch Boulevard, north of the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, is an area that was known as the "Silica Beds." In 1910 the Utah Fireclay Company opened a mine at that location. Silica and clay were needed to make the bricks used to line the furnaces of the smelters. The mine owners built an aerial tramway that extended about 1½ miles to a place near the canyon road where the ore was loaded onto trucks and taken to a plant to be made into bricks and furnace linings. The mine was eventually abandoned with the discovery that the silica contained too much iron ore, causing the bricks to be of poor quality.
|Placed By||Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12T E 432219 N 4497801|
|Decimal Degrees||40.62826667, -111.80145000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 37.696', W 111° 48.087'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 37' 41.76" N, 111° 48' 5.2200000000002" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||801, 435|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6795 Walker Mill Dr, Cottonwood Heights UT 84121, US|
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