Bingham Amalgamated Copper Co.
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Before Bingham Amalgamated
September 4, 1897
The Copper Glance Mining and Milling company was incorporated in Salt Lake County, Utah. The mining property included the Silver Dollar claim owned by the Edmunds family, and was located in Bingham. (Salt Lake Herald, September 5, 1897, "yesterday"; September 8, 1897)
April 25, 1899
A patent survey conflict between the Copper Glance group, and the adjacent Illinois group was settled out of court. The Copper Glance group, consisting of three claims, was adjacent to, and adjoined both the Illinois group and the Keystone group. The patent surveys for the Copper Glance group were approved in late September 1899. An option for the stock of the newly surveyed Copper Chance group, having completed 500 feet of development tunnels, was sold to a New York group of investors in mid October 1899. But by late December the deal fell through, especially after the mine had developed good quality ore without the development funding that the investor group would have allowed. The Copper Glance group had its claims formally patented and accepted in May 1900. (Salt Lake Tribune, April 26, 1899, "yesterday"; Salt Lake Herald, May 30, 1899; Salt Lake Herald, September 29, 1899; October 13, 1899; December 28, 1899; Salt Lake Herald, May 22, 1900)
December 31, 1899
The Copper Glance group was finding good quality copper ore, equal in quality to the excellent ore being found on the adjacent Illinois, Fortuna and Congor properties. (Salt Lake Herald, December 31, 1899)
March 10, 1900
"The Copper Glance Mining and Milling company included the Silver Dollar, Nabob, Copper Glance, Golden Eagle and Lucy Moore claims, encompassing 67.3 acres." (Salt Lake Herald, March 10, 1900)
June 27, 1902
A suit was filed against the Copper Glance group and the Illinois group to foreclose on a $12,000 mortgage that had come due. The court found in favor of the foreclosure on September 26, 1902. A sheriff's sale was to be held on October 23rd. (Salt Lake Herald, June 27, 1902; Salt Lake Telegram, September 26, 1902; Salt Lake Herald, October 1, 1902) (No subsequent reference about the sheriff's sale, if it was actually held, and who may have bought the properties.)
January 3, 1904
"A deep tunnel to open up the Copper Glance group has just been started in McGuire gulch by J. E. Edmunds, manager, and continuous work by two shifts will be done on it this winter. The company recently acquired of M. Fitzgerald an advantageous tunnel site and dumping ground, and has built comfortable winter quarters and a blacksmith shop. The tunnel will cut the main ledge at about 1800 feet and 750 feet vertically under the old workings in Keystone gulch, which were abandoned owing to water bothering." (Salt Lake Tribune, January 3, 1904)
February 26, 1904
A group of Eastern investors were attempting to consolidate the properties of the Congor, Illinois, Copper Hill and Copper Glance groups into a single property. (Salt Lake Telegram, February 26, 1904)
December 27, 1905
The tunnel of the Copper Glance company had reached a depth of about 1,000 feet, and the company was shipping good ore from the full face of the tunnel, as well as surrounding rock. (Salt Lake Tribune, December 27, 1905)
Bingham Amalgamated Copper Co.
Bingham Copper Glance Mining Co. Merged, 1907, in Bingham Amalgamated Copper Co. Was successor of the Copper Glance Mining Co. At Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake Co., Utah. (The Copper Handbook, Volume IX, 1909, page 371)
("Copper Glance" was a common name for chalcocite, a type of dark-colored copper-bearing sulphide ore, and the name was used as early as 1891 for mines in Cache County, Utah, and later for mines in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.)
Bingham Amalgamated Copper Co. Property includes the Illinois and Copper Glance groups, former having a vein of about 9 feet width, carrying a 2 feet paystreak of 5 per cent copper ore, some ore assaying up to 40 per cent copper. The average of 50 assays, for the entire vein, gave 2.8 per cent copper, 6 oz. silver and $2 gold per ton. The Copper Glance group has an 1,800 feet tunnel, in McGuire Gulch. The Amalgamated group is said to show, on the 300 feet level, an ore chute of 60 feet width, averaging 4.5 per cent copper and $1.20 gold per ton. Equipment includes an electric plant. Some ore has been shipped. Property considered promising. (The Copper Handbook, Volume VIII, 1908, page 369)
August 2, 1911
The following comes from the August 2, 1911 issue of the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.
It was stated on very good authority Tuesday afternoon [August 1st] that the Bingham Amalgamated company and the Montana-Bingham company had entered into an agreement. This contract calls for the extension of the Montana-Bingham tunnel into and through the Bingham Amalgamated to some properties of the former company not now easily within reach without such work as this planned.
According to this agreement, the Montana-Bingham tunnel will eat its way for 4000 feet through the Amalgamated territory, cutting at least 600 feet deeper than the old Copper Glance tunnel, for which the Amalgamated is to pay 50,000 shares of its old stock for the first 2,000 feet driven, and 75,000 shares more for the second 2000 feet. Work is to begin within ninety days from date, and progress is to be made at the rate of 60 feet per month at least.
This arrangement naturally is of great importance to both companies. It paves the way for developing the Amalgamated without calling upon the stockholders for financial assistance, while should the Amalgamated open into the mine expected the Montana-Bingham company wi11 have a substantial interest in the company and the resultant rewards.
Property, 24 claims, 300 acres patented, known as the Illinois and Copper Glance groups, carrying seven mineralized veins. The principal ore-bodies exposed in the Bingham Amalgamated are on the same vein as the Congor ore bodies and of about the same character of ore. Vein is 15 to 40 feet thick, developed for several hundred feet in depth, but the water and high cost of wagon haul has stopped further development. In a tunnel on the west side of the property, a 20-foot vein shows streaks of good ore all through it. The Montana Bingham tunnel will cut this vein about 1,000 feet deeper and when this tunnel is completed the Bingham Amalgamated will start development and extraction of ore. The Illinois has a 640-foot shaft, with a 6 to 9 feet vein carrying a 2 feet pay-streak of about 5 per cent copper ore, with occasional assays up to 40 per cent, the average of 50 assays being 2.8 per cent copper, 2 ounces silver and $2 gold per ton. The Copper Glance group has a 1,400-foot tunnel, in McGuire gulch. Mine has a total of 2,450 feet of workings, and ore is estimated by management to average 3 per cent copper, 2 ounces silver and 90 cents gold per ton. Property closed down, 1912. (The Copper Handbook, Volume XI, 1914, page 115)
"Property: 24 claims, 300 acres, patented, known as the Illinois and Copper Glance groups, carrying 7 mineralized veins. The principal ore bodies exposed in the Bingham Amalgamated are on the same vein as the Congor ore bodies and of about the same character of ore. Vein is 15 to 40' thick, developed for several hundred feet in depth, but the water and high cost of wagon haul stopped further development. In a tunnel on the west side of the property a 20' vein shows streaks of good ore all through it. The Montana Bingham tunnel cuts this vein about 100' deeper, 3,948' from the portal, and opened it for 100'. Samples taken from this vein said to run from 3.2-6.5% copper, 7 oz. silver, $1.20 gold and 25% iron. Development work resumed the latter part of 1915 after an idleness of several years." "The Illinois has a 640' shaft, with a 6 to 9' vein carrying a 2' paystreak of about 5% copper ore, with occasional assays up to 40%, the average of 50 assays being 2.8% copper, 2 oz. silver and $2 gold per ton. The Copper Glance group has a 1,400' tunnel, in McGuire gulch. Mine has a total of 2,450' of workings." "In summer of 1917, company mined ore from a raise at the East end of the 300' level. A trial shipment of 90 tons in June, yielded $25 per ton, the ore carrying 4.73% copper, 2 oz. silver, $1 gold, 26.4% iron and 35.6% insoluble. The shaft, flooded in July, was reopened later. Shipments in October were about 4 carloads." (The Mines Handbook, Volume XIII, 1918, page 1354)
United Bingham Copper Co.
February 16, 1919
The Bingham Amalgamated Copper Company was reorganized as the United Bingham Copper Company. The shareholders of stock of the new company were each assessed 1 cent per share, with 900,000 shares issued, raising $9000. (Salt Lake Herald Republican, February 16, 1919)
February 24, 1919
The United Bingham Copper Company was incorporated in Utah. (Utah corporation records, index 13703)
United Bingham Copper Co. "Incorporated in 1919, in Utah. Company is the successor of Bingham Amalgamated Copper Co. The new company was organized in order to make the stock assessable. Old stock was exchanged for new on payment of 1 cent a share. Property: 22 claims, 300 acres, patented, known as the Illinois and Copper Glance groups, carrying 7 mineralized veins. The principal ore bodies exposed in the Bingham Amalgamated are on the same vein as the Congor ore bodies and of about the same character of ore." (The Mines Handbook, Volume XIV, 1920, page 1420)
United Bingham Copper Co. Same as above, plus: "Recent work has been on a small scale on the 400-foot level, on the east side. Some ore was shipped in 1918. Mine has been idle since early in 1920." (The Mines Handbook, Volume XV, 1922, page 1593)
December 3, 1951
USSR&M formally merged with the Bingham-Congor Copper Mining company (130 acres; formerly known as the Congor Gold and Copper Mining and Milling company), and the United Bingham Copper company (265 acres; formerly known as the Bingham Amalgamated Copper company). USSR&M already held almost all of the stock of the two companies, but purchased that last remaining shares held by the Bothwell family, descendants of Glenn R. Bothwell, who had organized the two companies in the late 1890s. (Salt Lake Tribune, December 4, 1951)
February 4, 1952
The United Bingham Copper Company was voluntarily dissolved as a corporation on February 4, 1952. (Utah corporation records, index 13703)