Sometimes I get nerdy and curious, just so you know! I woke up last Saturday and decided I wanted to go somewhere and learn something about a place I have never explored. I picked the Kennecott Copper Mine that sits to the West of Salt Lake. Just as I had never been to The Great Salt Lake (previous post), I had never explored this amazing treasure. If you live in Salt Lake or are in the area I highly recommend taking a tour!
Did you know?...
- Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine has produced more copper than any mine in history - about 18.1 million tons.
- The mine is 2-3/4 miles across at the top and 3/4 of a mile deep. You could stack two Sears Towers (now known as the Willis Building) on top of each other and still not reach the top of the mine.
- The mine is so large, it can be seen by the space shuttle astronauts as they pass over the United States.
- By 2015, the mine will be at least 500 feet deeper than it is now.
- If you stretched out all the roads in the open pit mine, you'd have 500 miles of roadway - enough to reach from Salt Lake City to Denver.
Go check it out!