“The Visitors’ Center educates our neighbors and students about our mining operations, Utah’s rich mining history, and the importance of mined products while providing funds to help those less fortunate in our community,” said Ted Himebaugh, general manager and president of the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center Charitable Foundation.
Since the inception of the charity fund in 1992, the foundation has donated more than $2.4 million to local community charities and non-profit organizations and has hosted 2.8 million visitors.
In 2010, the Visitors’ Center hosted a record 175,000 visitors. Charities receiving funds included those that touch the lives of children, veterans, disabled, homeless, senior citizens and the poor throughout Utah.
The Bingham Canyon Mine charges no admission for school buses, veterans’ groups, boy scouts and girl scouts in uniform, according to information provided by the center.
The canyon, which is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., April to October, charges a tax deductible admission fee of $5 per passenger vehicle. Buses are $25 and $50, depending on the size.