Series 23993
Preuss Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1880-1897.

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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

One of Utah's major mineral belts extends through the Wah-Wah and Tushar Mountains of Beaver and Piute Counties. Mining in this area prospered during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The Preuss Mining District was organized in September 1880 in the area adjoining the San Francisco Mining District in northern Beaver County. It is bounded on the west by the Wah-Wah Valley. According to federal law, mineral deposits in the public domain were free and open to exploration, and locators of the same had exclusive right of possession. Local mining districts managed mining operations and recorded claims. (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). The Preuss District mining books begin with minutes of miners meetings and a copy of district by-laws. These are followed by notices of location for claims within the district. Each location notice identifies a claim by a unique name and gives a description which includes the claim's dimensions. Location notices also provide the names of claim holders and dates of discovery and recording. Some claims describe where the claim was recorded in the records of the Beaver County recorder. Each location notice is signed by a Preuss Mining District recorder or deputy.


Miners' meeting minutes are in the front of each Preuss District book. Thereafter, claims are chronological by date recorded. Books C and D are one book.

Related Records

Notices of location books from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23992, contain notices of location for the Preuss District.

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

Mining records for the Preuss District were microfilmed in January 2002 as part of Utah State Archives Millennial Project and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in February 2003.

Finding Aids

Other: Preuss Mining District Book A includes a chronological list of claims recorded. It identifies a claim name and the page number where a notice of location for that claim was recorded.

Indexing Terms

  • Preuss Mining District (Utah)—Corporate minutes.
  • Preuss Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Beaver County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Beaver County—Utah.
  • Utah—Beaver County—Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 1880 Sep-1891 Jan; Book A
1 1892 Jan-1893 Mar; Book C
1 1894 Dec-1897 May; Book D

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.