Digging the 'Richest Hole on Earth' : The Hispanic Miners of Utah, 1912-1945
Perspectives in Mexican American Studies
In 1912, when miners at Bingham went on strike, Hispanic strike breakers were brought in to keep the mine going. When the strike was settled, some stayed, but the work was difficult and many left. In the 1940s, there was another large influx of Hispanic miners that worked in the coal mines in Carbon County and at the Kennecott mine at Bingham. Hispanic miners were initially perceived by the general populace as fighters and killers because of the Raphael Lopez incident in 1913. Mormons began proselytizing the Hispanic miners at Bingham in the early 1920s. Crisofor Gomez joined the Church, but reverted back to Catholicism when he married a Catholic woman.