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The way it was: Atlantic City mine -- 1960

Nov 4, 2013 - Staff

Fremont County was in a full-fledged mining boom when this picture was shot in early November of 1960.

On the heels of the all-out development of uranium mines in the Gas Hills east of Riverton, U.S. Steel began construction of the Atlantic City Iron Ore Mine earlier in July of that year and made good progress for several months. But unseasonably cold weather and the arrival of heavy snow in the southern Wind River Mountains beginning in October had workers shivering as they tried to stay on schedule.

Pomeroy-Bechtel was the general contractor for the giant operation, which required blasting and intensive earth moving to reshape the mountaintop southwest of Lander to expose the rich ore deposits.

Office buildings, warehouses, barracks and garages also were built, as was a canal, dam, railroad line and highway overpass.

Construction employed a work force of about 1,000 men before mining began a couple of years later and continued for 20 years.

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