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image A Tooele County Parks employee found the Middle Canyon upper gate cut apart and lying on the ground Tuesday morning.

July 9, 2019
Vandals cut down metal control gate in Middle Canyon, reward offered

Two weeks after being installed, vandals have dismantled the upper gate placed by Tooele County in Middle Canyon.

When a Tooele County parks and recreation worker went to unlock the gate just past White Pine Campground in Middle Canyon on Tuesday morning, he found the gate cut from its metal post and lying on the ground, according to Mark McKendrick, Tooele County director of facilities.

“They cut the chain that held the lock and gained access,” said McKendrick. “And then it looks like they proceeded to cut the gate apart.”

The vandals also found the county’s trail security camera and took the memory card, McKendrick said.

McKendrick estimated the damage to be around $500 to $1,000.

“With some material and time we will weld the gate back together,” he said.

Tooele County trails and canyons coordinator Dave Brown said this doesn’t appear to be a normal act of vandalism.

“This wasn’t some juveniles riding around in a truck or somebody coming over from the other side that wanted access to go camping,” Brown said. “This looks like it was somebody that deliberately drove up the canyon with the equipment to cut the fence to make a statement.”

Tooele County opened a toll booth at the mouth of Middle Canyon on June 24 and started charging a $3 fee to drive up the canyon, similar to what the county has done in Settlement Canyon for several years.

The Middle Canyon gate is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At the time the tollbooth was installed at the mouth of the canyon, the county installed a gate near White Pine campground. The gate is locked at the same time the gate at the mouth of the canyon is closed, to prevent people from the Salt Lake County side from accessing the canyon via Butterfield Canyon when it is closed.

Tooele County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the damage, according to McKendrick. People with information should call the Tooele County dispatch non-emergency number at 435-882-5600, he said.


Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

4 thoughts on “Vandals cut down metal control gate in Middle Canyon, reward offered

  1. Should probably have a camera that uploads directly to the cloud. Sorry this happened and hope the culprits are caught quickly. Maybe they will upload their antics to YouTube or something…

  2. What do u expect when u try to charge everyone for everything. Like it will matter in the long run but Im glad someone made a statement. No one got hurt and the actual property wasnt harmed just equipment of the greedy. Alot of canyons are headed this direction though. Fresh air and sunshine never costed so much.

    • I totally agree. Used to go there all the time myself. Not any more. I chuckled when I read the article. How does one charge for nature?! Smh

  3. Let me help you guys solve the mystery. Many Kennecott employees use this access to get to and from work at all hours of the day and night. They have both the tools and the reason to do it… if you don’t open that rear gate this will happen again and again and again. That Canyon cuts up to 25 minutes off their drive time and saves on gas. Plan on a repeat of what you’ve just experienced.

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