Log In

Karl Calvin Parrish

mining engineer

Karl Calvin Parrish, American mining engineer.


Parrish, Karl Calvin was born on December 12, 1877 in Leon, Iowa, United States. Son of Robert Leal and Himena (Hoffman) Parrish.


Parsons College, Fairfield. Iowa; Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1901.


Assayer, Blue Grass Mining Company, Nederland. Colorado, 1901; mining expert for Western Venture Company, examining properties in New Mexico, Arizona and California, 1903-1904. Superintendent Andes Mining Company, Guamoco, Colombia, S.A., 1904-1909.

Prospecting for mines in Colombia, 1909-1910. Discovered and located Chicago and Las Ramas group of mines in Guamoco District, Colombia, and general manager same. In charge Bar Principal Mining Company, Guamoco, 1913-1919.

Consulting engineer, Barranquilla, Colombia. Manager Parrish & Company, Compañia Urbanizadora de “El Prado,” Parrish Investment Company, Compañia Minera de los Valles, Barranquilla, since 1919, Cia. Minera del Nare; built residential addition to Barranquilla and modern water works system.

Also various municipal electrical power plants in Colombia. With others, building railroad over Andes Mountains, to cost approximately $10,000,000. Etc. Home: Des Moines, Ia.


Married Blanche Emmons, November 5, 1908. Children: Karl Calvin, Jane Emmons.

Robert Leal Parrish

Himena (Hoffman) Parrish

Blanche Emmons

Karl Calvin Parrish

Jane Emmons Parrish