On Thursday’s AU Charles Hawley will join us from Alaska to talk about Kennecott and the history of mining.
While copper seems less glamorous than gold, it may be far more important, as it was vital to the industrial revolution and indispensable for electrification. Kennecott Copper Corporation, at one time the largest producer of copper in the world, played a key role in economic and industrial development.
In his new book “A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred Years, 1897-1997” (University of Utah Press) Charles Hawley tells the story of how Kennecott was formed from the merger of three mining operations (one in Alaska, one in Utah, and one in Chile), how it led the way in mining technologies, and how it was in turn affected by the economy and politics of the day. His narrative follows four mining engineers--Stephen Birch, Daniel Cowan Jackling, William Burford Braden, and E. Toppan Stannard--self-made men whose technological ingenuity was responsible for much of Kennecott's success.