Interestingly, there are at least 17 towns called Eureka in the US, in addition
to several more such as Eureka Creek, or Eureka Springs, and others that are
similar. There are at least 3 towns in Australia named Eureka, and about 5 in
Canada. So, when a news article is entitled "In the tiny town of
Eureka..." it helps to also put the state. :) We lived in Eureka NV for 16
years, and it was also built around lead and later silver and gold mining. The
town has surged and ebbed, depending on the need for those minerals. It is also
a very small town of less than 800 people, plus more in the surrounding valleys.
Probably 1,200 to 1,600 in the entire county. Many of the historic buildings are
still in use and have been renovated and restored. It's great when pieces of
history are not lost.I don't know if the health issues there relate
to mining, but I do remember there were several people who had cancer, young and
old. Other illnesses such as lupus seemed to be at a high rate for such a small
If Eureka Utah wants to bring people and the town back, they need to clean up
the pollution. Lead, and arsenic are not tourist attractions.
$78.5 million for 800 residents, it would have been cheaper to buy the property
@ $98,125 per resident and close it off. Government has never been very good
with math.Not only is there all this top soil toxicity, this whole
town is on top of hundreds of mine shafts crossing under the whole town-site of
Eureka, yet another crisis waiting to happen in sink holes and the collapse of
Eureka, UT has other dilemmas, such as being built right over a network of mine
tunnels that some engineers believe pose a danger. Of course the economy is a
huge issue, but the museum is a charming little place to visit, and usually
there is an interesting memorabelia shop open in town. I have visited the area
many times. We toured the remains of Knightsville, and then checked out its
history in old ghost town books (something more commonly done by internet now).
The whole Tintic Mining District is fascinating. I am sorry the residents are
exposed to dangerous lead an arsenic levels; they have amazing tenacity to stay
there. I hope a better solution that EPA action will be an option in the future.
"A bigger concern is how to keep the town financially alive"Unfortunately, the mining that built the town, also destroyed it. When
the mines were closed, there was no reason for the town to exist.People "want" a better EPA solution in these cases, at the same time
they're trying to shut down the EPA. We have to decide if we want to spend
billions on a lost cause.The problem at Eureka, though, is the road
that runs through it. It's not dead-ended like Ophir and Mercur.
I found reading this article on Eureka, UT a sad one. I was picturing a bustling
and productive town, even though small but unfortunately it is not like that
anymore. I don't understand why they would build a town on top of those
mines.Many, many lives have been uprooted, lost and will have health problems if
they survive many years. What an unfortunate and sad situation. I'm concerned
about those that still remain, surely they recognize the risk and yet they
choose to remain. What a sad story.
The EPA destroyed that down with the encouragement of the DOGM. Sealing mines,
tearing down headframes, setting alight shafts, etc.
Mines of the Tintic District did NOT run out, give out, or exhaust themselves in
1965. Many area mines in that decade were finding gold ore that continues to
await processing. The Burgin and Trixie Mines are just two that were primarily
develoed after 1965. The inability to drain water below 400 feet stopped many of
the mines from processing ore at that depth. Jesee Knight knew this and started
a 22.000 foot drainage tunnel to tap the water and economically deliver ore to
market. He did not succeed only due to his death and the subsequent scattering
of his mine holdings. Eureka cannot revive itself with EPA policies that
promote placing picture rock over mine dumps. "Eureka gray" is a
nickname for the ugly bedrock that covers the hillsides today. Eureka was once a
colorful example of a mining town that couldn't die. the EPA is wrapping it in a
battleship gray coffin "for its own good." Several dozen mineral
species were first identified from mines at Tintic. Today, the saga of Eureka is
a lesson in how utterly contemptible these words are: I'm from the Government,
and I'm hear to help,"
Eureka is a great place to live and raise your children. The schools are small
but with the technology they have students can and do graduate with their
Associates Degree. The Supt. Of schools teaches band and that band has won many
awards even though as a 1A school it has to compete against much larger schools.
There's a drama program, sports, and many other opportunities for students to
participate. Virtually all students are involved in some form of
extra-curricular activity. The town is safe. You know your neighbors. You live
and let live in Eureka.
Excellent photos. I am kind of speechless at the huge rock fields. It doesn't
seem like a very pleasant solution to live with.
Some politicians want to defund the EPA when there are known mine tailing
contamination sites that need to be cleaned before development is allowed on top
of the sites. I'm guessing there are many more sites in UT that needs cleaning.
More of the EPA's fine handywork. Another government entity started for the good
of the people that has grown far too big for its britches.
This article really shared nothing new and was incomplete in that data as well.
Photos should have better shown the town rather than closeups of one guy walking
around. What did the mayor have to say? And isn't Doug Wright from there, or
his heritage? Get some more viewpoints. What did the guy restoring the bar
have to say? He got a picture but no comment. How about a statement from the
EPA on the project and containment vs cleanup? Does the State office of
environmental quality have any comment? And any news on improvement of health
levels and amount of lead now in 9 year old boys? This is just incomplete
writing and I really feel like I've wasted time reading it. Problems there have
been known and this article does nothing to say they have or haven't been fixed
or that life is better or worse in Eureka.
@ Instereo. I understand what you are saying about small towns. I have been
through Eureka UT, and as I said above, lived in (actually 7 miles outside of)
Eureka NV for 16 years. It too has a 1A school, with 1 elementary and 1 Jr./Sr.
High School. Nearest town is Ely, which is 77 miles away. Mining, farming and
ranching are the industries in Eureka. The teachers are great, connections with
colleges through online and satellite classes help many of the students complete
much of the basics of college by the time they graduate. It's a place where you
don't lock your doors, and many folks leave their keys in the ignition of their
cars. The kids can go out on Halloween without fear. There is a high percentage
of graduates who go on to college, with scholarships and grant money they've
been awarded.So far the EPA has not done there what they are doing
in Eureka UT. I hope they have some kind of plan to cover those unattractive
rocks with soil and plants. Miners in the past were unaware of the health
dangers of the chemicals used. Companies are now much more cautious.
So, a tiny economically ill town emblematic of boom/bust natural resource
extraction is sitting on a field of toxic lead mining slag, and many residents
have near-toxic levels of lead in their bloodstream. A government agency moves
in to address this, practically free of charge to the residents, and all that
results in this news story and its comments are complaints. "(expletive)
EPA" "The rock piles are ugly" "more of EPA's fine
handywork". Are you people serious? I hope this is a
misrepresentation of the average resident's views, or else they can just hand
back the $78.5 million and keep inhaling that lead dust, hoping it doesn't
destroy their health. Of all the bloated federal bureaucracies to bash,
Superfund ain't one of them. This story didn't explain how Superfund would be
much more effective if conservatives didn't strip funding from it every chance
they got. There is a huge backlog of toxic sites created by private industry
that Superfund has to deal with, and they are running out of money. But hey,
I'll trade someone else's health to keep my taxes $5 lower a year.
The EPA hired a lot of people that didn't know what they were doing. So many
people here in Eureka are having problems with the their yards and houses,
thanks to the fine work of the EPA. They were not our friends, they were here
in Eureka to spend, spend, spend the tax payers money. And left a mess!
Make the town unique, paint the rocks. Brown, green, every color of the rainbow.
Is the building still there that sunk into the shafts below along
the main road?
Who is responsible for the "Deseret News Graphic" showing 5 Superfund
cleanup sites? You should have investigated a bit further where Green Bay,
Wisconsin, is located.
the story reads wrong it was not my boys saying that. it was what the town
people whom they grew up around kept hearing as they were working for the
contractor for the EPA. And as for the "old guy" walking around town
he knows alot of the history of Eureka, Mammoth, Silver city , ect. The house
that sunk into the hole... has bee filled and covered w/ rock. And I have been
told over the yrs that the shafts arent just under this town they are far
reaching .. makes ya wonder whats way under your house.
Maybe the over funded, out of control bureaucracy known as the EPA, should cover
the entire earth with eighteen inches of safe soil (rocks). After all the
mountains, the streams, the oceans, the rivers,the cows, the pigs, the crops,
the fish, the wildlife. what? even humans have been here an awful long time! Oh,
and cover the unsafe earth with something that is safely extra terrestrial.Cause
you aint going to find it here, it's all the same thing.Wake up!
All too often, stories read wrong. When I know facts about something, and read
it in the paper they seldom match! I have lost faith in newspapers for that
reason, I always wonder what the truth is. This article needed reviewing by
someone other than the EPA!