Beginning Saturday, April 13, people can visit Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine, see the largest man-made excavation in the world and at the same time help some local charities.
That's the day the mine visitor center opens for the season. It will remain open every day from 8 a.m.-dusk until October. Visitors can see workers blast and load rock for its trip on the large conveyor belt to the concentrator outside of the mine.All funds collected at the visitors center are donated to local non-profit charities. The fees are $1 for motorcycles, $2 for passenger vehicles and $20 for tour buses. Last year, the fund donated $29,000 to charity.
In the visitor center, a history of the mine and the company are presented in English, Spanish, German and Japanese. The mine can be reached by driving west on 7800 South through Copperton and into the Oquirrh Mountains.