Reed & Benson Mine - BCC



Remains of the Reed & Benson on the steep slopes of Mill D South Fork's upper east bowl - c.2005
Donald K. Winegar - Tintic Images

Location data

QUICK LOCATION PATH: Utah / Salt Lake County / Big Cottonwood District / Mill D South Fork or Cardiff Fork / Upper Canyon / Reed & Benson Ridge

Approximate GPS Location:

40.36.218 N - 111.38.829 W  (field)


Approximate Elevation:

10,167'  (field)


30 x 60 Minute Map:



7.5 Minute Map:



Mineral Survey Plat

Below is a copy of the Mineral Survey Plat for the Reed & Benson Lode Mining Claim, Big Cottonwood Mining District, Mineral District #5, Mineral Survey #116, Lot #152. The Survey dated July 17, 1888, and accepted by the U.S. Surveyor's Office on July 1, 1889. Located nearly 20 years earlier on August 5, 1870, the property was worked vigorously from that time. The original claim was 200 feet wide, and 2600 feet long, running South South-West to North North-East and encompassing 11.937 acres of ground.  
The Plat shows the discovery marker near the center of the claim just west of the Reed & Benson ridge. At the time of the survey, the Reed & Benson mine was being worked by a 300 foot incline shaft, 275 feet of winzes, and another 300 feet of tunnels and drifts. The exact dimensions and direction of any of these workings at the time of the survey is not given.  
No mention is made of cabins or structures at the site on the survey plat, but it is known that a large bunk house, ore house and other buildings were on the property. 


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 Cottonwood - American Fork - Park City Claim Map showing the location and surrounding claims               THRP - Winegar Collection 

What remains

No structures remain standing at this site.