When it comes to learning about Tooele County’s boom and bust mining days of the mid-to late 1800s, the Oquirrh Mountain Mining Museum is an excellent professor from which to learn.

Located at Deseret Peak Complex, the museum reveals Tooele County’s direct involvement in mining. Mining towns of Ophir, Jacob City, Mercur, Gold Hill and others come to life through the museum’s interpretive displays.

Sponsored by Barrick Gold Mines, Inc. and Kennecott Utah Copper, the museum also features mining artifacts, pictures of current and former mines, and efforts to reclaim old mines. It tells the story of mining in Tooele County, from the gold rush era of the mid 1800s to recent and today’s mining operations in the Oquirrh Mountains.

Best of all are the scores of exhibited artifacts that give hint of the hard life miners and their families endured while extracting precious minerals and ores from the hills of Tooele County.

The museum is open for tours. For more information or to schedule a tour, call (435) 843-4002 or see deseretpeakcomplex.com.

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