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The Harold Mill
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created by Dee Ashley on 9/5/2016 2:39 AM
last modified by Dee Ashley on 9/5/2016 4:26 AM
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Two men happened to show up and appeared to be surveying the land while I was there. They appeared totally unconcerned about my presence there and I'm assuming that they were in some position of authority over the property. I never saw any warnings or signs indicating that this was private property. The gate is easy to simply walk around and hop over the cattle guard. The area of interest is closer to what I would call ruins rather than an actual building per se. It is still quite large, but extremely decayed and very little remains besides what was completely made of concrete and rebar (which is still a lot). What makes this location really special, in my opinion, are the sweeping panoramic views of the entire area. Go at dusk or twilight for the full experience. I was here in the summertime, but judging from the photos from others that I've seen, wintertime would be interesting as well.
I'm usually not a huge fan of graffiti, but here it is pretty impressive. Some of the tagging I would say is art in its own right. Either way, there is a LOT of it all over the property.
Cell service is spotty at best, so commit your directions to memory ahead of time, or go to the town, Gosher, a couple miles out to retrieve directions.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Western Slope of Warm Springs Mountain
Warm Springs, Utah
United States
Owner: unknown
  • unsafe flooring
  • Some very steep areas. Biting flies near the springs at the bottom in the summertime. To avoid them, simply take the smaller, upper path into the property (I figured this one out on my way back to my car, as it is not readily visible from the locked gate below).
  •  Interesting Features
    The most stunning panoramic views. Excellent location for model shoots or filming if you're into that stuff as well. There is tons of graffiti everywhere, and some of it is actually pretty damn good. The actual structure is built into the side of the mountain, giving it a very unique feel. Although this location played an important role in the mining process, this definitely doesn't look like any of the mines I visited on this trip. For one thing, this place was built to last. Forever.
    This location also has a interesting (although slightly short-lived) history.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • It's a bit of a hike, especially if you're not used to the altitude (like myself).
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1921
    Closed: 1925
     Required Equipment
  • camera, go ahead a take a picnic too.
  •  Recommended Equipment

    "The Tintic Standard Reduction Mill—also known as the Tintic Mill or Harold Mill—built in 1920, and only operating from 1921 to 1925, is an abandoned refinery or concentrator located on the west slope of Warm Springs Mountain near Goshen, Utah, in the United States. Metals processed at the mill included copper, gold, silver, and lead, all of which were received from another mill near Eureka, Utah. The metal content of ore was increased through the process to make transportation less expensive. The reducing process used was an acid-brine chloridizing and leaching process which became outdated, leading to the abandonment of the site in 1925. At the mill's highest productivity it processed 200 tons of ore yearly from the Tintic Mining District.

    Looking down on the Goshen Warm Springs, what remains of the mill are foundations for water tanks, crushers, roasters, iron boxes, leaching tanks, and drain boxes. The site dominates the surrounding landscape with its size and unique colors and shapes.

    It was designed and built by W. C. Madge. It is significant as the only American mill using the Augustin process during the early 1920s.

    It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

    It has been speculated that the mill may be the contributor of heavy metal pollution in the Goshen Warm Springs which lie below it."

    - via: https://en.wikiped...ard_Reduction_Mill

    This location is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    The following is from the National Registry (http://focus.nps.g.../Text/78002700.pdf):
    "The Tintic Standard Reduction Mill (Harold Mill) was constructed during the 1919-1921
    period by the Tintic Standard Mining Company, under Ernie J. Raddatz, prominent Utah
    mining entrepreneur. It served as the mill for the Tintic Standard, which became one
    of the nation's leading silver producers, operating from 1916 to approximately 1945.
    The significance of the mill, in addition to its place as a part of Tintic Standard's
    operation, is attributable to its dunportance in the themes of engineering and industry.
    W. C. Madge designed and constructed the mill after having consulted with Theodore P.
    Holt and George H. Bern, Utah developers of the Holt-Dern Roaster. It was built at a
    cost of $580,000. The Tintic Standard Reduction Mill was the only use of the "antiquated"
    Augustin process in the United States during the early years of the 1920s. The plant was
    an acid brine chloridizing and leaching mill. Ore was first roasted with salt, then
    leached in a strong brine solution and finally precipated with copper. Recovery rates
    were fairly high, as in 1924, when the mill recovered 88% of the silver, 60% copper.
    32% lead and 7% of the gold held in the ore.
    As related to industry, the mill was an irrportant part of Tintic Standard's operation.
    In _ addition, the construction of the plant also reflected the battle, then waging, over
    railroad transportation rates, which mine owners believed were too high. By milling
    the ore themselves, owners could save the shipping costs. By 1925, the mine could no
    longer supply ore of the grade for which the mill was designed. Also, by then, shipping
    rates declined, therefore, in the fall of that year, the plant shut down.
    A town grew up near the mill, named "Harold" after Raddatz's son. Only the site remains,
    nevertheless, the town site and especially the mill, aids both in the documentation of
    mining _ history and also in the affect this operation had upon nearby small fanning
    communities such as Goshen, causing them to experience "Boom periods" in their development."
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  • on Sep 5 16 at 23:47, Dee Ashley updated gallery picture He reminds me of the Joker.
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