Series 23952
Iron County (Utah). County Recorder Mining location notices (placer claims)

Dates: 1905-1965.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

Federal mining laws have provided that valuable mineral deposits in the public domain remain free and open to exploration and that the locators of the same have exclusive right of possession. The first step toward ownership of mineral deposits is the discovery of a potentially productive site and recording the claim or notice of location. Notices of location fall into two basic categories, which the Iron County recorder kept in separate books. Lode claims are identified sections of veins of quartz or other rock, bearing valuable deposits such as silver or gold, and are identified in terms of feet along the lode. Placer claims include other forms of deposit, typically petroleum, and are defined by identifying a tract of land encompassing the deposit. Location notices in this series include placer claims only. Each notice names the claim and includes the name or names of locators, the mining district, a description of the land, the dates of location and recording, and an explanation of the mining laws which authorize the claim.


Chronological by date.

Related Records

Mining location notices from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6144, contain placer location notices recorded before 1912, and the bulk of location notices for lode claims in Iron County.

Mining deeds from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23951, contain a few notices of location for placer mining claims and also mining deeds and patents for mining claims.

Mining location notices indexes from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23954, provide reference to documents recorded in this series both by name of claim and names of locators.

Mining abstracts from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23955, provide reference to placer claims recorded during the 1950s.

Miscellaneous records from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23981, contain a few additional notices of location for early placer claims, as well as documentation for labor performed on all placer claims.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Iron County location notices for placer claims were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in October and November 1974 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in November 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Iron County placer claims are indexed by Mining location notices index, series 23954. Some claims are also referenced in Mining abstracts, series 23955. See related records. .

Indexing Terms

  • Mining corporations—Utah—Iron County.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Iron County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Utah—Iron County.
  • Mining districts—Utah.

Container List

1 Location Notices F Iron County; 1912 May-1939 Oct
2 Placer Mining Record G Iron County; 1939 Nov-1960 Jun
2 Placer Notice of Location G 1 Iron County; 1960 Jun-1965 Jan

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.