At Tintic Mill, come for the early 20th-century industrialism snuggled into what’s now a wildlife management area. Stay to be sickened by lead, arsenic and have a state agent ticket you for trespassing.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Tuesday issued what’s become a biennial reminder that Tintic Standard Reduction Mill, near Goshen, is closed to the public. The latest news release from DWR says some of the foot traffic to the mill appears to be driven by online guides calling the mill a good place for photography.
Tintic Mill is a remnant of Utah’s mining heritage. It was built in the 1920s, mostly to process silver. It operated for only five years but has left quite a legacy. In that short span, the mill managed to poison the surrounding soil and water with lead and arsenic, according to samples the Utah Department of Environmental Quality took in 2002.
The mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Ownership transferred to DWR in 1986. The mill is now part of the Goshen Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area.
In a news release, DWR Sgt. Sean Spencer called the mill unsafe.
“And due to an increase in visitors," Spencer said, "we will be actively citing people who trespass on this property.”