Series 24152
Tooele City Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1870-1887.

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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 August 1870 miners in the Tooele area organized the Tooele City Mining District in an area that had previously been part of the Rush Valley Mining District. According to established precedent, which was later validated when Congress passed a federal mining law, mineral deposits in the public domain were free and open to exploration, and locators of the same had exclusive right of possession. In local areas miners organized mining districts and elected district recorders to oversee mining operations and keep records of claims. (See Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Records for the Tooele City District begin with a copy of the by-laws for the district. These are followed by location notices and then a copy of by-laws as they were revised in October 1887. Each location notice provides the dimensions of the claim and a description of its location. It names locators, gives dates of location and recording, and identifies the claim with a unique name. Early notices of location include several locators and identify the number of feet allowed to each.


Roughly chronological by date recorded

Related Records

Mining records from Rush Valley Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24160, contain location notices recorded in the area of the Tooele City Mining District prior to 1870.

Transfers from Rush Valley Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24161, contain deeds or transfers recorded in the area of the Tooele City Mining District prior to 1866.

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

The records of the Tooele City Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in August 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Tooele City Mining District Book A includes an index at the end of the book. It provides reference by name of claim,.

Indexing Terms

  • Tooele City Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Utah—Tooele County.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Tooele County.
  • Utah—Tooele County—Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 1870 Jul 20-1883 Nov 30; Book A, Index

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.