Mining (HM2BQ3)

Location: Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 Salt Lake County
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N 40° 37.743', W 111° 48.137'

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Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail

In the early 1860s, mining took off in the Salt Lake Valley. Many mining claims were filed in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the town of Emmaville sprang up as a halfway camping ground for the miners and ore haulers. The town was located at the southeast end of Danish Road, along the banks of Little Willow Creek. As many as 500 people lived or stayed there during the latter part of the 1860s. By the end of 1871, due to an epidemic, a fire, and the coming of the railroad to Granite, Emmaville was in decline and moved about 1½ miles further up the canyon, nearer the railroad terminus. Emmaville became known as "Rag Town" because of its numerous tents. With the extension of the railroad to the granite quarry in 1873, the town moved again close to Wasatch Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Another town called Gold City sprung up briefly about 1895. This town was located in the area of the present-day "Golden Hills" subdivision in support of a very promising gold mine. After only a few months of operation, the mine fizzled out and Gold City was short-lived. In 1870 the Big Cottonwood Mine District was established. It too brought people into the area, either filing claims, operating or working in the mines, hauling supplies for the mines, or hauling ore to the smelters. The mining industry in both canyons provided

jobs for many residents of the area. Some of the residents even filed mining claims and operated their own mines for a time.
HM NumberHM2BQ3
Year Placed2013
Placed ByCottonwood Heights Historic Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 432149 N 4497888
Decimal Degrees40.62905000, -111.80228333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 37.743', W 111° 48.137'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 37' 44.58" N, 111° 48' 8.22" W
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Area Code(s)801, 435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6748 S Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Cottonwood Heights UT 84121, US
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