Samuel Newhouse
Samuel Newhouse was a Utah
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 entrepreneur and mining magnate.

He was born in New York City
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 of European Jewish immigrant parents and grew up in Pennsylvania
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. He studied law there before going to Colorado
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 in 1879. In Leadville
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, he became involved in the freighting business.

In 1883, he married Ida Stingly, whose mother ran a local boarding house. She was 16 at the time. While they ran a hotel in Leadville, Samuel acquired mining properties in Ouray, Colorado
Ouray, Colorado
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. He later sold these for several million dollars and moved to Denver, where he became a speculator and promoter, with extensive contacts back East and in Europe.

In 1896, he moved to Utah, where partnering with Thomas Weir, he became instrumental in securing English investment in the fledgling copper mining operation in Bingham canyon, which later became the great Bingham Canyon Mine. He also developed silver mining
Silver mining
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 in the San Francisco Mountains near Beaver, Utah
Beaver, Utah
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, investing approximately $2 million to build a mine, mill and develop the town of Newhouse
Newhouse, Utah
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, named after himself. He was instrumental in driving the Newhouse Tunnel (now called the Argo Tunnel
Argo Tunnel
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), a major mine drainage tunnel in Idaho Springs, Colorado
Idaho Springs, Colorado
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He maintained residences on Long Island and in London and a chateau in France
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 outside of Paris
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, but he preferred living in Salt Lake City, where he developed a large tract of downtown, trying to shift the center of town four blocks south from Temple Square
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. He built the city's first skyscrapers (11 stories), the Boston and Newhouse buildings.

External links

Utah History Encyclopedia: Samuel Newhouse
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