You haven't seen the real west until you have visited Bingham, Utah, where the largest copper mine in the world is. Never been to the city of Bingham which has the proud distinction of ... See full summary »

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You haven't seen the real west until you have visited Bingham, Utah, where the largest copper mine in the world is. Never been to the city of Bingham which has the proud distinction of being six miles long and sixty feet wide? Then just keep your eyes on the motion picture screen and see how they tear down the mountain and also tear it up, digging and blasting it and carrying it away in cars. Next to the Panama Canal this is the largest engineering operation in the world. Witness twenty-two railroad tracks, one above the other, view the aerial tram carrying hundreds of buckets of gold, silver and copper up over your heads. Blast after blast rock the mountain at high noon. Men hurry for shelter when the shrill whistles send forth their warning from mountain peak to rocky pit. Huge steam shovels grasp gold and copper besprinkled Mother Earth within their iron jaws and lift her roughly into little cars which rush and rock around the mountain sides and then lay their precious burden down ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy A Suffragette in Spite of Himself (1912). See more »

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Great Footage But Too Little
23 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Copper Mines at Bingham, Utah (1912)

Sadly this travelogue only lasts about a minute, which is too bad because what footage there is is quite interesting. The title pretty much tells you our location and once there we see an Italian settlement and then a Greek settlement before seeing the main street of the town. Again, at just a minute we're not given too much time to look around but I was really entertained for this short running time. I thought the look at the living conditions was rather shocking in a way and especially has rundown the Greek settlement was. Another really interesting thing was just getting to see the various shops on Main Street and I noticed a Warwick Whiskey and it's funny to see that everyone is standing on the opposite side of the street. This certainly isn't ground-breaking filmmaking but it gives people a chance to see what this town looked like a hundred years ago.


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