Tuesday, September 13, 2011


As you know, when copper ages, it turns green. These are rooftops in Copperton, UT. Some of the homes are brand new with the old copper shingles preserved and used in old and new ways.

I have a connection with Copperton, UT, and indeed the whole copper-mining "world," in that D C Jackling is an ancestor of mine.  Here's his 100+ year-old house on South Temple in Salt Lake City, and a bit of professional history about him.  Actually, I think the genealogical history is much more interesting, dealing with his family's immigration from England to the United States and his orphan-hood, etc., but this suffices for now, because this post is about copper.

Daniel Cowan Jackling, a prominent mining engineer, was known as the “Utah Copper Prince.” Among his many successful ventures were the development of the Masabi iron range in Minnesota, gold mines in Mercur, Utah, and developing copper lands that became the Kennecott Copper Company. This massive open pit mine has been referred to as the largest man made excavation on earth.

By midway through the twentieth century, Jackling had his hand in most copper companies in the American West and more than 60 percent of the world’s copper production was being mined using Jackling’s development of low-grade ore processing.

During World War I, Jackling, for his outstanding wartime efforts, was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by President Woodrow Wilson.

In 1926 Jackling received a Gold Medal Award from the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. In 1940 he was given the Washington Award of the Western Society of Engineers for “pioneering in large-scale mining and treatment of low-grade copper ores, releasing vast resources from formerly worthless deposits.”

Upon his death, his will stipulated gifts to several mining colleges, churches and individuals.

Daniel C. Jackling enjoys a worldwide reputation and a full size bronze statue of him sculpted by Avard Fairbanks stands in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol building. In the later part of his life Jackling moved from his home on South Temple to Woodside, CA. (San Francisco Bay Area) where he built a very large estate that was eventually purchased in 1984 by Steve Jobs of Apple Computer.

It had a lot of copper in it.

But that didn't save it.  For many years, Jobs fought with an historical society group for his right to demolish the estate, which battle raged for many years--maybe 20?  The house was neglected and then became too expensive to renovate and restore.  Jobs finally got his way THIS YEAR.  Wow.

But this post isn't about that, either.  This post is about Copper on and in houses in California and Utah.  It's about...


(And I swear this picture was snapped in Copperton the same day I drove around looking for copper.)

1 comment:

KMOHOT. B. said...

Yeah. Remember how you scared your son-in-law when you chose to keep creeping by each of the eleven streets in Copperton? And we kept passing the same two people who were out walking? And when you stopped to get a picture of a cop car? We really miss you, Mamaidh!