A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar. - Mark Twain
Park City, Utah
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The text on the plaque reads:
Miners are the anonymous thousands whose only monuments are the wasted dumps in the mountains.
This sculpture is dedicated to the remarkable accomplishments of those men who mined with great effort and ingenuity the silver and lead ores found in these mountains, men who simultaneously established the community of Park City which is now our legacy to preserve and enjoy.
The mining engineer is examining a piece of rock which was cored from the earth from a diamond drill, capable of extracting ore from over 1,000 feet away. Miners were always hopeful that another bonanza was about to be discovered.
Jim Ivers (1914-2000), a mining engineer who modeled for this sculpture, had a humble beginning in the mining industry. In 1928, as a 14-year-old, he drove a horse-drawn wagon to Thaynes Canyon, delivering supplies to remote operations. Like his father and grandfather before him, Jim worked in the Park City mines. His interest spurred him to obtain two degrees in Mining Engineering from Columbia University. He came back to work in the Silver King Mine for many years, then left to work in other mining camps, returning to Park City as President and General Manager of United Park City Mines Co. In the 1960's Jim shared the responsibility of directing the mining company's new ski area now called Park City
Mountain Resort. At one time Park City was well known as the site of a great silver mining bonanza; now it is world famous for its skiing.
This sculpture is the work of Peter Fillerup of Midway, Utah. It was dedicated on Miner's Day, Spetember 5, 1999, and given by the citizens of Park City to the community.