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									                                          University of Utah
                                 Department of Mining Engineering
                                 College of Mines and Earth Sciences

                                                Syllabus

         MG EN 2200 – Utah’s Mining Industry: Mines, Mining Towns and Their People

Instructor      – Louis Cononelos, M.S., Instructor of Mining Engineering
Office          – WBB 311
Office hours    – Monday 5:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Meeting Time    – Class: Monday, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
                  Field trips: Two Saturdays, as scheduled during the semester

Course Description

The course is a historical overview of Utah’s mining industry from the organization of the Utah
Territory’s first mining district through the establishment of industrial scale mining in the early 20th
Century to modern 21st Century mining operations. The course will primarily be taught as a social,
cultural history with a focus on the industry’s varied ethnic and racial workforce and include the
economic importance of the industry and some basic instruction in geology and mining engineering.
The course will include two field trips to coal and copper mining operations and associated
environmental, health and safety regulations.

Course Objectives:

Learn about the role of immigrant miners and the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the industry’s
workforce and life in mining camps and mining towns.

Learn about Utah’s major mining regions and districts and working conditions in the coal mines of
central Utah, the silver and zinc mines, mills and smelters in Park City and the canyons of the
Wasatch Mountains and the copper and gold mines, mills and smelters associated with the Oquirrh
Mountains.

Learn about Utah’s smaller mining regions and districts and working conditions in Silver Reef,
Tintic, San Francisco, Iron County, and Moab.

Learn about Utah’s mining industry in the context of the broader American themes of
industrialization, immigration, nativist reaction, unionism and environmentalism.

Learn about specific mining industry topics such as the company town, the operation of the
company store and the role of labor agents.

Learn about the contributions and controversies surrounding mining industry leaders such as
Colonel Patrick Connor, Daniel Jackling, Senator Thomas Kearns and Joe Hill.

Learn about the historical importance of mining in Utah’s economic development and mining’s
present day economy impact.
Gain some basic instruction in the geologic forces that created Utah’s coal and mineral deposits and
the basic methods of mining and processing coal, minerals and metals.

Observe modern day coal and copper mining operations and associated environmental, health and
safety regulations.

Directed Readings and Media Presentations:

The course will not have a required text. There will be selected directed readings from the resources
listed below. Other directed reading may be added.

Thomas G. Alexander, “From Dearth to Deluge: Utah’s Coal Industry,” Utah Historical Quarterly.

Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-
1900.

Leonard J. Arrington and Gary B Hansen, The Richest Hole on Earth”: A History of the Bingham
Canyon Copper Mine.

Lynn R. Bailey, Old Reliable.

Louis J. Cononelos, In Search of Gold Paved Streets: Greek Immigrant Labor in the Intermountain
West 1900-1920.

Charles L. Keller, The Lady in the Ore Bucket: A History of Settlement and Industry in the Tri-
Canyon Area of the Wasatch Mountains

Gustive O. Larson, “Bulwark of the Kingdom: Utah Iron and Steel Industry,” Utah Historical
Quarterly.

Brigham D. Madsen, Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Connor.

Philip F. Notarianni, Faith, Hope and Prosperity: The Tintic Mining District.

Helen Zeese Papanikolas, The Peoples of Utah.

Allan Kent Powell, The Next Time We Strike: Labor in the Utah Coal Fields 1900-1933.

Colleen Whitely, From the Ground Up: The History of Mining in Utah.

Utah Treasure House of the Nation.

Copper Canyon: A History of Bingham Canyon.
Teaching and Learning Methods:

Instruction will be through lectures, visual media presentations, panel discussions, directed readings
and field trips. The cost of the field trips will be free to all students and paid for by private and
corporate donations.

Evaluation Methods:

There will be three exams, two midterms and one final, which will account for 90% of the total
grade. Each exam will account for 30% of the total grade, and will be graded on a 100-point scale.
Classroom attendance and participation on two field trips will account for 10% of the total grade.

Themes and Topics:

1. An overview of mining in the Utah Territory which will include the role of early mining leaders
   such as Colonel Patrick Connor and the relationship of miners and Mormons. The economic
   importance of mining in Utah’s economic development.

2. An introduction to the geologic forces that created Utah’s coal and mineral deposits (Guest
   lecturer) and the basic technologies and engineering methods required for mining and processing
   coal, minerals and metals. (Guest lecturer)

3. An overview of the Era of American Industrialization and Immigration 1860-1920.

4. View and discuss the film Utah Treasure House of the Nation and assigned readings.

5. An overview of coal mining with an emphasis on Carbon and Emery Counties which includes
   the union movement, strikes and labor confrontations, mining disasters and life in coal camps
   and towns.

6. A field trip to a coal mining operation in Utah. (Saturday morning and afternoon)

7. An overview of mining and associated milling operations in Millcreek, Big and Little
   Cottonwood and American Fork Canyons, associated smelting operations in Salt Lake County
   and life in the area’s early mining camps and towns.

8. An overview of silver mining in Silver Reef and Park City, life in early mining camps and towns
   and the role of industry leader Thomas Kearns.

9. An overview of mining and associated milling and smelting operations in the Stockton, Mercur,
   Ophir and Tooele mining districts and life in the area’s mining camps and towns.

10. An overview of the Tintic mining district. (Guest lecturer) An overview of mining in San
    Francisco, Iron County and Moab.

11. View and discuss the film Copper Canyon and assigned readings.
12. A field trip to Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine, Copperton Concentrator and Refinery.
    (Saturday morning and afternoon)

13. An overview of the various ethnic and racial immigrant groups who composed the workforce
    during Utah’s industrialization and nativist reaction to these “old” and “new” immigrants and
    their families. Case studies on the company town, the company store and the role of labor
    agents.

14. An overview of the union movement in Utah’s hard rock mining industry, major strikes and
    labor confrontation and a case study of immigrant labor leader Joe Hill.

15. An overview of mining operations in Bingham Canyon, the era of industrial mining, the Arthur
    and Magna Mills, the Garfield, Murray and Midvale smelters and a case study on Daniel Jackling.

16. Modern mining operations and future prospects. The importance of mining in Utah’s economy.
    (Presentations and Panel discussion)

Faculty and Student Responsibilities

“All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom setting, according to
the Student Code, spelled out in the Student Handbook. Students have specific rights in the
classroom as detailed in Article III of the Code. The Code also specifies proscribed conduct (Article
XI) that involves cheating on tests, plagiarism, and/or collusion, as well as fraud, theft, etc. Students
should read the Code carefully and know they are responsible for the content. According to Faculty
Rules and Regulations, it is the faculty responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors,
beginning with verbal warnings and progressing to dismissal from class and a failing grade. Students
have the right to appeal such action to the Student Behavior Committee.”

“Faculty…must strive in the classroom to maintain a climate conducive to thinking and learning.”
PPM 8-12.3, B.

“Students have a right to support and assistance from the University in maintaining a climate
conducive to thinking and learning.” PPM 8-10, II. A.

Students with Disabilities

“The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for
people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs
to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will
work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations.”
(www.hr.utah.edu/oeo/ada/guide/faculty)

								
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