Iron Mountain

1950 aerial photograph of Iron Mountain pits

Iron Mountain (113.384W 37.612N) is the location of a deposit of somewhat low-grade iron ore in southern Utah. The ore took the form of magnetite veins in quartz monzonite but was heavily contaminated with phosphorus in the form of apatite. The ore was first reported in 1826 and Brigham Young sent colonists from Salt Lake City to refine the ore in 1850. Nearby small coal fields provided the necessary carbon for reduction, though the phosphorus content made smelting difficult. During the time frame of the Pacific War, most of the ore went to the Geneva Steel plant, which was opened in Orem in 1943 with federal funding. Production was in the neighborhood of three million tons per year.

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References (2013-1-15; accessed 2014-1-19)

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