Series 24154
Point Look Out Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1896.

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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

When A.M. and D.N. Murdock discovered gold near Look Out Station (former pony express station in Tooele County) in April 1896 they and others organized the Point Look Out Mining District the following month. 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 (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). The law authorized local mining districts to keep records and oversee mining operations within specified boundaries. The Point Look Out record book is very small because less than one year after organization, the Utah Legislature enacted a mining law which transferred responsibility for keeping mining records to county recorders (Laws of Utah, 1897, chapter 36). The record book includes a copy of by-laws for the district, an abstract of claims recorded, and notices of location (claims). Each abstract entry is signed by the district recorder and includes the name of the claim, an assigned number, recording date, and page number where notice of location was recorded. Each notice of location includes the name of the claim, descriptive information, names of locators, and discovery date. All claims in the Point Look Out District were discovered April-July 1896.


The Point Look Out record book begins with a copy of mining district by-laws, followed by an abstract of claims, followed by notices of location. The abstract entries are alphabetically arranged. No arrangement is apparent for notices of location.

Related Records

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, would contain records for the Point Look Out District recorded after 1897.

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

Point Look Out Mining District records were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in September 2002.

Finding Aids

Other: Abstracts at the beginning of the book provide reference by page number to notices of location.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

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