Bingham City Cemetery - Description / History
By Paul, Lori, Brad, Tiffany, and Stephanie Jencks
(Connecting Families Across The Globe Volunteer Genealogy Research Team)
Bingham City Cemetery, also referred to by some locals as the “Kennecott Copper Cemetery”, consists mainly of past residents of towns or camps that used to be known as Bingham Canyon, Carr Fork, Copperfield, Copperhill, Copperton, Dinkeyville, Freeman Gulch, Frogtown, Highland Boy, Lark, Leadmine, Lower Main, Phoenix, and Telegraph.
The city of Bingham was located just below the Utah Copper / Kennecott Copper Mines. Bingham was incorporated in 1904, but it is clear that burials were taking place well before that. The exact date when burials began at Bingham City Cemetery is not known. The earliest documented birth is in 1824. One tombstone documents a death date of 1873; several others show death dates during 1879. According to town board minutes, the cemetery was created in 1913.
Many people buried in the cemetery braved ocean crossings and found their way across the United States in search of employment at Utah Copper and Kennecott Copper Mines. Burials are found from people born in more than 30 countries; Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Norway, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Wales, Yugoslavia – as well as from 38 states within the United States.
This cemetery has a diverse, multi-ethnic background. Many headstones are in different languages. Please note that some names were “Americanized.” Do not get discouraged if you cannot locate your ancestor at first glance. Some examples of “Americanized” names are Brkljacic to Blockovich, Busljeta to Bullet, Epop to Error, and Jengich to Yengich etc. Names were also spelled phonetically, which accounts for the many discrepancies in spelling.
Parents buried several babies and small children due to epidemics like Typhoid Fever, Diphtheria, and Whooping Cough. Young men lost their lives from mining accidents and some suffered violent deaths, such as murder. People died from many diseases that are 100% curable today. The deceased were mostly laborers and many did not have money set aside to buy a headstone. It is heartbreaking to see the hundreds of deaths of people under the age of 30. Some families are buried together in unmarked gravesites with only one parent being noted with a headstone at best. Times past were hard for these people as they suffered through several wars and The Great Depression.
In addition, Kennecott Copper Mines relocated the remains of those buried at Chandler Cemetery (Dry Fork area) to Bingham City Cemetery in 1999. The Chandler cemetery was moved when Kennecott expanded mining operations in the canyon. That cemetery consists mainly of burials that were from the Chandler family and snow slide victims from Finland.
48 known War Veterans are buried at this cemetery, including those who fought in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and II, Korean, and Vietnam War.
2 police officers that died in the line of duty received recent headstones.
2 police officers that died in the line of duty received recent headstones.
A fire and later a flood swept through the cemetery, which caused the metal markers to become unreadable and damaged some gravesites. Vandalism has occurred. Time and deterioration resulted in the inability to decipher some headstones.
Bingham City was disincorporated in 1971. By law, care and maintenance of the cemetery was legislated to the largest state agency operating within the city limits; that being Jordan School District. The records they inherited were threadbare, incomplete, and highly inaccurate.
Today the Jordan School District is the proud owner of this historic and sacred ground. A new 4 acre section has been developed. Cemetery plots can be purchased to the west. For information regarding the cemetery please contact-Jordan School District Auxiliary Services
7905 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088-4601
Attn: Cemetery Sexton-Paul Bergera or Peggy Margetts
Sources of Geneological Information
The information on this website is a compilation of work from the Jencks family and the following sources:
Service at the Bingham City Cemetery
Connecting Families Across The Globe Volunteer Genealogy Research Team, (the Jencks family), a non-profit international research group was formed to answer cemetery genealogical inquiries. They can be contacted the following ways-PO Box 95309
South Jordan, UT
Bingham City Cemetery research has been donated to genealogy libraries, archives, repositories, and free genealogy websites for use in assisting people to find their ancestry.
See binghamcemetery.com and binghamcemetery.com/unknown-but-loved for the latest including research and description. On these websites you will find updated headstone photos, GPS burial locations, vital statistics, cause of death, and other pertinent information to help you find your heritage and ancestry.
The Latest Developments
Scan the QR code below to take a self guided tour as you enjoy a glimpse of the legacy left behind.
1-Individualized plaques listing each deceased person by name, (Handmade by Special Education students/South Valley School)
Comments from our developers
All of the genealogical information has been verified to the best of our ability. Advice has been sought from amateur and professional genealogists, computer professionals, engineers etc. Every effort was made to be as accurate as possible in documenting the burials. Living offspring will need to further verify the accuracy of their ancestors buried at Bingham and Chandler Cemeteries. This gives you a good start. If you need assistance, please to contact us, we research at no cost.
Jordan School District upholds the responsibility to properly care for the cemetery. They are doing a wonderful job. As stated they are in the business of education not cemetery ownership. We have made the agreement that we will answer worldwide inquiries to assist them. We are willing to search for additional information about your ancestor from this area at no cost. We live near the largest genealogy repository in the world. Several out of print books are available for us to research.
If you find discrepancies in the information, or have additions to the research, please contact us. We will continue to update new information as it becomes available. Best regards in your pursuit to find your heritage.
Background and recognitions
What you see here started with the efforts of Brad Jencks… an Eagle Scout. It turned into a lifelong multi generation/community and global project. The motto began: It takes a community, not just a boy. Thanks to all that have contributed in this effort to honor people buried in sacred and hallowed ground.
May we always remember and respect the lives of those who have gone before us. As the international monument states “They crossed the land and sea to build a life for you and me.”
History has been preserved from flood, fire, vandalism, and future deterioration. The research/information was donated to the Utah State Historical Society who placed it on the State of Utah’s burial database web site. It is text only. This is one of the most utilized web sites in Utah State government. One may visit the web site at- http://history.utah.gov/burials/execute/searchburials
Jordan School District Auxiliary Services staff members generously donated a large amount of non-paid time inputting the previously inherited records before we began the quest to find more information. These good people spent many hours compiling a database that was the backbone of this project. This was a huge task and a big thank you goes out to all those who helped provide this information. To be continued...
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