A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred by Charles Caldwell Hawley

By Charles Caldwell Hawley

While copper turns out much less glamorous than gold, it can be way more vital. Copper proved very important to the economic revolution and integral for electrification of the USA. Kennecott Copper company, at one time the most important manufacturer of copper on the earth, therefore performed a key function in fiscal and business improvement. This e-book recounts how Kennecott was once shaped from the merger of 3 mining operations (one in Alaska, one in Utah, and one in Chile), the way it led the way in which in mining applied sciences, and the way it was once in flip suffering from the financial system and politics of the day.

     because it strains the tale of the 3 mines, the narrative follows 4 mining engineers—Stephen Birch, Daniel Cowan Jackling, William Burford Braden, and E. Toppan Stannard—self-made males whose technological ingenuity used to be liable for a lot of Kennecott’s luck. whereas Jackling constructed economies of scale for large open-pit mining in Utah, Braden went underground in Chile for a caving operation of unparalleled scale for copper. in the meantime, Birch and Stannard overcame the extraordinary demanding situations of mining wealthy ore within the tough weather of Alaska and transporting it to industry. The Guggenheims, who introduced those 3 operations jointly supplied the investment with no which the infrastructure precious for the mining operations will possibly not were equipped. The railroad required for the Alaska mine by myself rate greater than 3 times what the U.S. had paid to shop for all of Alaska simply forty-five years earlier.

     As a geologist with first-hand wisdom of mining, writer Charles Hawley aptly describes the expertise in the back of the Kennecott tale in a manner that either experts and the overall reader will relish. via enticing tales and pertinent info, he areas Kennecott and the copper inside of their ancient context and likewise permits the reader to think about the arguable elements of mineral discovery and sustainability in a crowded global the place assets are limited. 

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