Mining

Mining has touched almost every corner of the Moab region.

The Museum of Moab shows how miners came to search for gold and other valuable minerals in the LaSal Mountains at the end of the nineteenth century Visitors can see how mining towns like Castleton and Mineral Basin were once booming communities, but by 1920 had disappeared.

On July 6, 1952, Charlie Steen, a down-on-his-luck uranium prospector made a major strike at what was to become known as the Mi Vida mine. His was a rags-to-riches tale which led to a uranium boom of massive scale.

The Museum of Moab displays the hectic years of the 1950’s uranium boom through a collection of instruments used by prospectors in their struggles to locate their own “mi vida”. Maps and historic photos give a sense of the rugged challenges facing those who came in search of their fortunes.

The Museum also provides information on the massive salt deposit which radiates 100 miles out from Moab and has a maximum thickness of three miles. Displays reveal the fascinating history of techniques used to mine these vast quantities of salt and potash.