Series 24042
Monumental Mining District (Utah) Mining district minutes

Dates: 1908-1909.

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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

In March 1908 prospectors drilling for oil on the San Juan River opened a gusher which threw oil to a height of 70 feet. This discovery brought a stampede of speculators to San Juan County (Osmond L. Harline, "Utah's Black Gold," Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 3, p. 295-6). This volume, entitled "Rules and Regulations of the Monumental Mining District," contains minutes of meetings held among claim holders as they met to reorganize the Monumental District, coordinate mining activities, and establish new rules and regulations adapted to the needs of petroleum exploration.The minutes summarize the discussion of these meetings held in Bluff, Utah from November 1908 to November 1909. The miners revised previously established by-laws, established regulations, and instituted a mining district government to coordinate activities and enforce regulations. This book also includes a complete list of the miners in the district.


Chronological by date.

Related Records

Miscellaneous records from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23400, contain additional location notices and other mining documents for the Monumental District. Original by-laws for the Monumental District are in Book B, pages 267-168.

Mining location notices (petroleum) from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 24000, contain notices of location for petroleum claims in the Monumental District.

Mining location notices from Monumental Mining District (Utah), Series 24041, contain the original notices of location for the Monumental District.

Mining records from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84250, contain additional location notices and other mining documents for the Monumental District. Book G contains county recorder's copy of revised Monumental District rules and regulations beginning on page 633.

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

Monumental Mining District minutes were microfilmed by San Juan County in February 2001 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in January 2002.

Indexing Terms

  • Petroleum—Prospecting—San Juan County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources—Ownership—San Juan County (Utah).
  • Mining claims—San Juan County (Utah).

Container List

1 1908-1909

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