Bottles of every shape & size made their way to Utah mining camps.
Large or small, every site needed medicine, cleaners, alcohol or other bottled goods that might be necessary or wanted for
day to day use. Early bottles were hand blown, later samples mass produced, many styles making it to the camps, not so many
making it out.
Explore any Utah mining camp or other historic
site for any length of time and you will see the thousands of tiny glass shards that once were complete bottles. Fifty years
ago, finding complete bottles was difficult, but you could still find them laying around. These days, the only thing laying
about is broken glass. To find complete bottles, a bit more effort is required, that effort is commonly called "Digging".
Bottle collecting today is popular hobby with scores of people digging anywhere and everywhere that might yield
a complete specimen. I don't have a hugh personal collection, but I begin this page with a few samples from one of Utah's
most famous mining camps, Park City, and one of the first places I explored in my youth, Ophir, Utah...Enjoy!
Please note: Some of the bottles are shown in "as found" condition, others are shown after cleaning
More will follow in time.
Ophir, Utah found - "Poison"
Ophir, Utah found - "Webber &
Co. Linseed Oil" (Philadelphia, PA)
City, Utah - Bates & Kimball, Druggists
City, Utah - W.E. Boyd, Druggist
City, Utah - Hurlbut & Trythall, Druggists
City, Utah - M.D. Hurlbut, Druggist
City, Utah - Wm. Brother - Uintah Drug Store
City, Utah - W. S Sharp, Druggist