Baker Mining Claim - BCC



Stone cabin remains at the Baker / Homeward Bound mining site below the cliffs near Kessler Peak - c. 2005
Copyright 2005 - Donald Winegar - Tintic Images

Location data

QUICK LOCATION PATH: Utah / Salt Lake County / Big Cottonwood District / South Fork or Cardiff Fork / Kessler Peak

Approximate GPS Location:

40.37.346 N - 111.40.003 W  (field) 


Approximate Elevation:

9913'  (field) 


30 x 60 Minute Map:



7.5 Minute Map:



Mineral Survey Plat

Below is a copy of the Mineral Survey Plat for the Baker Lode Mining Claim, Big Cottonwood Mining District, Mineral District #5, Mineral Survey #24, Lot #60, dated September 6 & 7, 1876. The original claim was 200 feet wide, and 1300 feet long, running East to West and encompassing 5.969 acres of ground.
The Plat shows the discovery marker near the center of the claim on the East slope of Kessler Peak near the Carbonate Claim. At the time of the survey, the Baker Claim was being worked by 1 tunnel and several open cuts. The tunnel was in 137 feet and 5 open cuts averaged about 12 feet of workings each.
There was at least one cabin at the workings, but it was just outside the boundaries of the mining claim. The plat does not mention the size of the cabin as others do, but having visited the site, there are now in the area scant remains of two rock or stone cabins about 8 feet square each.
It is also worth noting that the claim of the Baker Lode overlaps the claim of the previously located "Homeward Bound Claim", so much so that nearly half of the newer claim covers ground already claimed. 


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


Detail From larger 1902 Cottonwood - American Fork - Park City Claim Map showing the location and surrounding claims.             THRP - Winegar Collection 

What remains

Only the stone cabin remains shown above and the caved portal of the old workings are at this site. No structures remain standing.