5.21.2012

Bucket List 2: Kennecott Copper Mine


This item on our bucket list was a family one.  Michael, Jada, & I, along with Jared, Bri, & Becca, all took a morning to head up to the Kennecott Copper Mine in Bingham Canyon to check it out.

It was a fun site to see. Jada loved seeing all the trucks (truck is one of her favorite words to say) and especially loved their collection of toy trucks in the visitors center (see picture below). We had a fun time walking around, listening to fun facts, and later having a fun picnic in the park.

Pointing out the trucks with Daddy


The awesome HUGE truck tire. They are over 12 feet in diameter
Fun Fact: Each of these tires cost from $18,000 - $26,000 and last only 9 months!



 This is the pose/attitude I got when I asked Jada to turn around so I could take her picture with the tire


The main Copper Mine


 Looking out with Becca


Bri, Jared, Jada, Michael & I on the outlook


Jada checking out their truck collection (This really isn't a good picture to show the trucks, there are TONS more . . . but this was the best of Jada:))


Getting a closer look


Kennecott Copper Mine
 (For those who have not been, and for a little perspective: Remember the huge tire from above . . . those little trucks in the picture have 4 of those on it)


 The Jensen's (Jada, Michael, Becca & I)


Getting ready to get back into the car . . . can you tell Jada is stoked!? jk


Fun Facts:
*  Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine has produced more copper than any mine in history - more that 19 million tons
*  The mine is 2-3/4 miles across at the top and 3/4 of a mile deep.  You could stack 2 Sears Towers (now known as the Willis Building) on top of each other and still not reach the top of the mine
*  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

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