Juab County is located in west central Utah, and is home to a number
of mining districts, including the largest and most productive the Tintic District. Total area of the county is 3,412 square
miles. The county seat is Nephi, and the terrain runs from sage covered deserts to tree covered mountain peaks. Mining began
with the discovery of precious metals in 1869 and continues to this day, though at a much smaller level.
Some of the earliest mining in the state took place within this county. The
"heyday" of the Juab County mining ran from 1870 to the 1920's, Some $40 Million or more in mineral wealth being
taken from the various underground workings. Silver, gold, copper, lead, and zinc made up the bulk of those values but other
minerals contributed to the number as well.
Like other counties, early prospectors would scour the county looking for tell-tale signs
of mineral wealth below. They would find it to one degree or another. In addition to the Tintic District, Juab county was
home to the Mt. Nebo, West Tintic, Dugway, Kern, Indian Springs, and Pleasant Valley Districts among others.
The bulk of mining activity was centered in the eastern portions of
the county as transportation costs from the more remote western locations made mining of lesser grade ores impractical.
The rise of mining in the county would be swift, the decline long
and drawn out, but Juab remains among the top producing counties in the state.
To explore a specific district in Juab County simply click on the links below.
TINTIC MINING DISTRICT