COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED MINING CO.
Many years ago the Little Cottonwood mining district of Utah, better known as Alta, was one of the most generous
ore producing sections of the West. The little camp lay hidden in precipitous mountains, and it was this fact that
killed the camp for a great many years after a record of splendid merit. Snowslides cleaned the town out completely,
killing scores of people, and the desertion of the camp was complete.
In 1902, Tony Jacobson, a practical miner, prospected Alta thoroughly, and he discovered mineral in such quantity
that he determined to rejuvenate the camp, snowslides or no snowslides. In April, 1902, he organized the Columbus
Consolidated Mining Company, interesti some of the strongest banking talent of Salt Lake City in the company.
The property necessarily was developed by means of tunnels, and the main tunnel has given a great vertical depth
on the resources. The ores occur on the upper levels as lead silver carbonates, and at depth these have given way
to the sulphides, while considerable gold and copper values have entered the ores.
During 1907 the company began paying dividends, distributing a total of $212,623.50 until a great fault threw the
resources into the unprobed heart of the mountains. Since that time the management has been engaged in developing
still deeper into the hills, fighting against great odds incident to an abundance of water on the lower levels
and the distance from railroad transportation. Early in 1909 the elusive remainder of the known ore bodies were
discovered, 400 feet below the main tunnel, and since that time the company has been a regular contributor of ores
to the Salt Lake smelters. Dividends will in all probability be resumed during 1909.
The story of the Columbus Consolidated Company illustrates the way in which man will fight the elements to gain
success. Mr. Jacobson has had to contend against bad camp history, yearly snowslides, steep mountain roads, which
prevent ore hauling during the winter months, and many other difficulties which would have discouraged a less persevering
man. His efforts have succeeded in reviving the district, and Alta today is looked upon as one of Utah's big camps.
Mr. Jacobson is general manager of the company. The officials are: Chas. A. Walker, president; B. F. Chynoweth,
vice president; S. A. Whitney, secretary and treasurer. Tony Jacobson and Louis A. Jeffs complete the Board of
Directors. The property is one of the most thoroughly equipped in the State, having its own milling plant at the
tunnel mouth to treat the ores not rich enough to ship without preliminary treatment.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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