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Mining & Railroads
The Land American Indians Trappers, Traders & Explorers Pioneers & Cowboys
Mining & Railroads Statehood & the Progressive Era From War to War Utah Today

1. Recognize the significance of the Transcontinental Railroad, joined at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869.

a. Golden Spike National Historic Site
b. "Tieing" Utah Together
c. Struggle for Statehood
d. Railroads in Utah

2. The mining and railroading industries transformed Utah from an agricultural to a more industrialized economy.

a. Silver
b. Utah's First Large Factory
c. Salt Lake City
d. Mining and Railroads
e. Railroads in Utah
f. Mining

3. Comprehend how railroads and mining brought change to Utah--a broader economy, greater ethnic and cultural diversity of people, technological innovations.

a. Salt Lake City
b. Struggle For Statehood
c. Railroads in Utah
d. Mining

4. Realize the importance of railroad spur lines from the main transcontinental line to other geographical locations, and the railroad companies created.

a. Railroads in Utah
b. Mining

5. Understand the role of the military and Colonel Edward Patrick Connor to mining in Utah; and the establishment of Camp Douglas in 1862.

a. Colonel Connor
b. Silver
c. Brief History of Utah

6. Understand that the first mining claim in Utah occurred in 1863 with the establishment of the West Mountain Quartz Mining District (Bingham Canyon).

a. Minor Gold Rushes, Major Gold Production

7. Recognize the significance of railroading and mining as tandem industries--depending upon and enhancing the other. The railroad effectively launched commercial mining activity in Utah.

a. Mining and Railroads
b. Railroads in Utah
c. Mining

8. Towns grew and mining districts developed in the 1870s around large-scale mining efforts. Railroads built to service these areas. These districts included Park City, Tintic, Ophir, Mercur, Rush Valley, and Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.

a. Park City
b. Silver
c. Mining
d. Jesse Knight
e. Minor Gold Rushes, Major Gold Production
f. Early Smelting
g. Alta

9. Realize that Utah mining stocks exchanged on international markets. The British owned mines in Alta and Tintic in the 1870s.

a. Alta
b. Mining

10. Understand the difference between hard rock and coal mining--precious metals and coal.

a. Old King Coal

11. The coal industry, beginning in the 1880s, created a demand for unskilled labor, as did metal mining in the 1870s.

a. Mining

12. Comprehend how the mining industry, with the railroads, brought in Welsh and Cornish miners, southern and eastern Europeans, Asians, African Americans, and Mexicans as needed labor.

a. Mining
b. Mining and Sports

13. Understand the factors that influenced the growth of industries like mining--geographic, economic, social, and political.

a. Mining
b. Mining and Sports
c. Silver
d. Mining and Railroads

14. Differentiate the roles of workers and owners/managers in these industries.

a. Exiled Greeks
b. Mining

15. Trace the development of social and political movements as outgrowths of these industries--child labor, labor unions, etc.

a. Legendary Mother Jones
b. Salt Lake City Railroad Strike of 1890
c. Copper Mining
d. Old King Coal
e. Italianita in Utah
f. Joe Hill
g. Exiled Greeks

16. Who were the leaders of these social and political movements, and why were they the leaders?

a. Brief History of Utah
b. See #15

17. Recognize that mining and railroading changed the Utah landscape.

a. See above addresses

18. Grasp the importance of these industries with the peopling of Utah.

a. See above addresses

19. Recognize the role of Gilsonite in Utah's mining history.

a. Sam Gilson
b. Uinta Basin
c. Mining

20. Outline the significance of uranium mining in Utah.

a. Uranium
b. Uranium Boom
c. Uranium Industry
d. Mining

The Land
American Indians
Trappers, Traders, & Explorers
Pioneers & Cowboys
Mining & Railroads
Statehood & the Progressive Era
From War to War
Utah Today