WORLD’S LARGEST MAN-MADE EXCAVATION-KENNECOTT COPPER MINE-BINGHAM CANYON MINE-RIO TINTO MINE IN SALT LAKE CITY-UTAH Take the mine tour with Sue & I as we show you the world’s largest man-made “hole” what has been in operation since 1906! This mine is being worked in the Oquirrh Mountains, south of Salt Lake City Utah. This open pit is 5/8 of a mile deep, and 2.5 miles in dia. It covers 2000 acres, and has provided much of the copper used in the world today.

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  1. Matthew McCullough on July 26, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Too bad the visitor center isn’t there anymore! Half the Mountain slid into the mine about 4 years ago it was a big thing on the news here in Salt Lake.

  2. John Beeck on July 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Bucyrus Erie! Now that is a classic Wisconsin company – too bad it went out of business in 2011!

  3. 3 For The Road RV on July 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Welcome to Utah! We live in the Salt Lake area, and are your newest friends. Be sure you check out the awesome views and scenic drives we are famous for. Looking forward to getting to know you.

  4. gorelord187 on July 26, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Our average load is around 378 tons. The road you can see trucks driving up by the shovel is called OCut ramp that’s usually going out to the SEW/AR dumps the main road going to the crusher is called the 10% because that road is a 10%grade The road that goes up along the shop is called code 80 haul road. And that goes out to the BC dumps aka Bingham Canyon dump. Right now we’re currently working on relocating the crusher up by where the shop in all the buildings are a lot has definitely changed and most of the shovels in the upper pit are now at the crusher lvl. Nice video! Our longest run we currently have from the very bottom all the way to the outside BC dumps is 42 minutes one-way.

  5. Aiden Belnap on July 26, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    The biggest mine in the world is the kennicott copper mine(Bingham canyon mine) in Utah,USA and I live by it. It also has the tallest tower at the kennicott smelter in the u.s. western hemisphere! You can still go to the mines overlook! 100% recommend it is beautiful. Those big huge mine trucks are amazing!

  6. dave kathy on July 26, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Ammonia phosphate makes boom, drills are used for oil also.

  7. Pablo Cruise on July 26, 2021 at 10:22 pm


  8. C. Victoria Ritchie on July 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Very cool!

  9. AP on July 26, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I live in Sandy, UT and see this mine every day across the valley while I’m on my way to work.

  10. Mike Prichard on July 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Mark, there is an old abandoned Kennecott Copper mine in south east Alaska outside of McCarthy. I believe it was abandoned around in the 1920s and a lot of it is still there. Now if you and Sue were to drive up there and record the adventure, I for one would enjoy watching those videos. Yours and Sues’ take on the adventure and views of what is going on around you is spot on. I truly enjoy your videos and your sense of humor is outstanding. Rock on and stay safe

  11. Full Tilt Clown Shoes on July 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm

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  12. WILLIAM COOLEY on July 26, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Great video. I remember going by the Bucyrus Erie plant in Erie PA. when I was young. I use to thing it was a neet place because they had a big yard where they got to play with all the new toys as the came off the assembly line before shipping them to the customers. Or just because they could.

  13. Westville Finest on July 26, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    So glad they reopen the visiting center

  14. J.T.S. OUTDOOR LIFE on July 26, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Yay!!! My cousin works for this company!!! Great video and info. I love being able to see the mine.

  15. Mike Day on July 26, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    So that giant hole didn’t used to be there?

  16. Westville Finest on July 26, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    That tire is 50,000

  17. Gene D. on July 26, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, I was excited to see and hear about the machinery. I was an engineer with US Steel many years ago and can appreciate the scale of the operation. Excellent tour and commentary keep up the good work 👍

  18. josh801 on July 26, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I work there, haul trucks haul about 370 tons every load, the tires apparently cost around $70,000 each.

  19. Liberty Patriot on July 26, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    The Crusher output goes by conveyer to the Transfer Station west of Copperton Utah from there it goes to another conveyor up to the Concentrator north of Copperton, Utah!
    @ present work on crusher relocation to the top of the filled up former Bingham Canyon is ongoing!

  20. RV Diem on July 26, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Pretty impressive mine and machinery. Bet it was even more impressive in person. Can’t believe that one tire cost over $30K. 👍😎

  21. Westville Finest on July 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    All the upper trucks are hauling uselly just dirt so they can widening the bottom.. and there the ones making the hills out side the mined.. and all the trucks in the bottom of the mined are the trucks with copper and minerals

  22. Paulo Losi on July 26, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    My second home for 6 years now driving those monsters! Loved it it’s the easiest job I’ve ever had! Really happy to be a part of it and to have driven one!

  23. Clonedlife on July 26, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    As a copper miner , the drill diameter is most likely not larger then 12 inches. I think the bench height of this mine is 50 feet. The holes are filled with Anfo, or heavy anfo based on the hardness and water content of the area. In 2013 the main stay failure happened . They knew that the failure was going to happen but didn’t know the size. The next part he is looking at is a total station and prism system. Total station shoots a light beam at a reflective surfers and measures the change from the last scan. These are very helpful to show trends over a long time. Busieris was bought out by Cat. The tooth and adapter weight 54 lbs.

  24. WatchYoutubeAllDay on July 26, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Very informative! Thank you.

  25. Johnny Karate on July 26, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Fantastic! Thank you for making this – very inspiring for future engineers 🙂

  26. TABE Hammers on July 26, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Impresive mine! Great tour! thanks

  27. Westville Finest on July 26, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    No one was hurt cause they new it was coming

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  29. Westville Finest on July 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I think its like 300 tons it can load

  30. Matthew McCullough on July 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Should of said old visitor center isn’t there anymore.

  31. singularwave on July 26, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Lol! What happened at the end?!?

  32. The Jersey J on July 26, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Very cool tour of this mine
    I went to see "Big Brutus" in West Mineral, Kansas and was overwhelmed by its size. You must go if you haven’t already.

  33. T Brown Records on July 26, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Your video had a lot of Knowledge put into it thanks for the awesome video

  34. Steve Boyer on July 26, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Oh hey welcome to SLC!

  35. Pius Horning on July 26, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    you know what’s so nice about being an old old guy? you get to watch all your videos over and over and each time it’s like the first time you’ve ever seen them. I really do enjoy your videos, they are so refreshing and I can feel the love, thanks guys, love you

  36. Nolan Rueckert on July 26, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    This is amazing I love copper and mines and seeing how large this place is it’s so cool

  37. Mamadu on July 26, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    what happens if you go to the bottom of the mine

  38. Super Unknown on July 26, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    My dad works for this company! Great video, I’ve been in it

  39. Sgt Woo on July 26, 2021 at 10:59 pm


  40. D. J. McCormick on July 26, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Now that’s a open pit surface mine right there.

  41. Eastern Traveller on July 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    the machines are like little working beatles from the distance

  42. Houston Denton on July 26, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Saw this quarry from my flight from SNA to SLC. It’s shockingly gigantic!

  43. rockkitty100 on July 26, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you! As you know, there are hundreds of YouTube videos with people commenting on things they know nothing about. It was great to hear someone that really understands what they are talking about!! Thank you again for an interesting video!

  44. Lost Comma on July 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I think that sitting on that tooth of the bucket is how you get your man card. Mistakes are the right of passage on these kinds of industrial sites.

  45. MrGrunthunter's Adventures on July 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Great overview. We saw a similar mine up in Montana about 20 years ago. We may have to check this one out this fall.

  46. Jack Reed on July 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    The small rusty loader on rails you were talking about it still made and used in underground mines around the world. It runs on air and I helped rebuild one in the ’70’s that was going to South America. I also rebuilt an electric "locomotive" that was used to pull strings of the small ore cars that the loader loaded.

  47. 1engineer on July 26, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    You will always be a geeky engineer!

  48. Amanda Feeser on July 26, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    We definitely want to see this mine… thanks for sharing… looks so interesting!!

  49. István Tóth on July 26, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    How many million tonnes of rock were excavated during history of bingham canyon mine?

  50. Jabber Jawz on July 26, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    I had read an article about Kennecott Copper mine and wanted to look up video of it and I stumbled across this video. Did you say you got your start at Bucyrus Erie? In Erie, Pa? I am from Erie, Pa. I was a kid when Bucyrus closed, I think it was the 80’s.. It was like the first in a long line of manufacturing plants to shut down here. The building itself reopened and it is now PSB. I’m a welder, I’ve been in there a few times, most recently, last January to take a pipe welding test. Are you originally from Erie, Pa? Huge coincidence that I clicked on this video.

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