Maxfield Mine


View of the Maxfield mine surface workings along the Big Cottonwood Canyon road c.1904   
THRP - Winegar Collection - Tintic Images


View from below the old Maxfield Mine site along the Big Cottonwood Canyon road c.2005   
Donald K. Winegar  - Tintic Images

Location data

QUICK LOCATION PATH: Utah / Salt Lake County / Big Cottonwood District / Big Cottonwood Canyon / Mill A Gulch (North)

Approximate GPS Location:

40.38.552 N - 111.41.053 W  (field) 


Approximate Elevation:

6967'  (field) 


30 x 60 Minute Map:



7.5 Minute Map:




Mineral Survey Plat

Below is a copy of the Mineral Survey Plat for the Maxfield Lode Mining Claim, Big Cottonwood Mining District, Mineral District #5, Mineral Survey #62, Lot #98, dated June 4, 1878. The original claim was 200 feet wide, and 2168 feet long, running South-East to North-West and encompassing 8.84 acres of ground.
The Plat shows the discovery marker centered on the claim on the west slope of Mill A Gulch (North). At the time of the survey, the Maxfield had two tunnels at different levels; one 300 feet in length, the other just 30 feet. The longer tunnel also had a 180 foot incline near the face. No structures are indicated on the plat, though many would come later.


Base Plat is from original scans by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Modified digital map image Copyright 2011 - THRP - Tintic  Images

What remains

Nothing. No structures remain standing at this site. Only water flowing from the caved portal of the lower tunnel marks the site of the old Maxfield along the highway. Farther up the gulch to the left, small dumps from several other prospect holes and the original shaft (also caved) can be found.