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James E. Talmage and Scientific Consulting in Early Modern Utah
Monday, June 8, 2020

James E. Talmage and Scientific Consulting in Early Modern Utah

James E. Talmage (1862-1933) is most remembered as a theologian, Church leader, and educator. He was also a geologist who worked as a consultant in the mining industry in Utah from the 1890s to 1911. His journals, correspondence, and research files tell of his work in mining disputes. The Herriman [Utah] Irrigation Company hired Talmage to help reclaim citizens’ water rights from the Butterfield Mining Company. Talmage investigated the “Dream Mine” near Spanish Fork, Utah, and found it worthless and said so; false reports that he endorsed the mine led him to issue a public denunciation. He investigated the Majestic Gold Mine near Brigham City, Utah, and found it worthless also. His work is part of the modernization of economic interests among Latter-day Saints in Utah.