Series 6144
Iron County (Utah). County Recorder Mining location notices

Dates: 1881-1964.

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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 law enacted in 1872 provided that all valuable mineral deposits in the public domain were free and open to exploration and that the locators of the same were to have exclusive right of possession as long as they complied with the laws of the United States and of the local mining district. (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XVII, chap. 152, also Revised Statutes of the United States, chap. 6, title 32). Federal law outlined that the first step toward ownership of mineral deposits was the discovery of a potentially productive site and recording the claim or notice of location. Primarily, the location notices in these books are for lode claims, which are are identified sections of veins or lodes of quartz or other rock bearing gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin, copper, iron or other valuable deposits. A claim may equal but not exceed 1500 feet in length along the lode. Each notice of location recorded in these books contains the following information: name of claim, names of locators, date claim was located, date notice was filed, and a legal description of the claim including dimensions. In addition to location notices, these books contain the by-laws of Iron County mining districts. They contain documents relating to location notices, such as amended notices of location, mill site location notices, location certificates, and some notices of location for placer claims (see Book E).


Chronological by date.

Research Note

Location Notices B 1, C 1, and D are faded and difficult to read. When Book C 1 became full, the recorder went back through the book, recording notices for January 1900 on blank pages which had been left throughout the book.

Related Records

Mining deeds from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23951, contain deeds for mining claims which were sold in whole or part. Also contain some additional notices of location in Book 2.

Mining location notices (placer claims) from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23952, contain the bulk of location notices for placer claims in Iron County.

Mining location notices indexes from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23954, provide reference to documents in this series, which were recorded after 1920. Reference is provided both by name of claim and names of locators.

Mining abstracts from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23955, provide reference to documents in this series, which were recorded in the 1950s.

Location notices from Pinto Iron Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 23961, contain notices of location in Iron County as recorded by the Pinto Iron Mining District recorder.

Mining location notices from Silver Belt Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 23968, contain additional mining location notices in Iron County as recorded by the Silver Belt Mining District recorder.

Stateline Mining District records transcript from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23969, contain additional mining location notices in Iron County as recorded by the Stateline Mining District recorder.

Miscellaneous records from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23981, contain some additional notices of location as well as documents verifying proof of labor on Iron County mining 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 lode claims were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in October and November 1974 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in November 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Books B 1 and C 1 include indexes within the volumes. Documents in this series are referenced by MINING LOCATION NOTICES INDEX, series 23954 or by MINING ABSTRACTS, series 23955. See related records.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

1 Aug 1881-Dec 1895 (Location Notices B 1 Iron County)
1 Dec 1895-Jan 1900 (Location Notices C 1 Iron County)
1 Jul 1899-Dec 1902 (Location Notices D Iron County)
2 Dec 1902-Jun 1905 (Location Notices E Iron County)
2 Jan 1903-Dec 1906 (Location Notices E Iron County, placer claims)
3 Apr 1905-Oct 1910 (Location Notices F Iron County)
4 Feb 1912-Mar 1919 (Location Notices G)
4 Mar 1919-Jan 1923 (Location Notices H)
5 Jan 1923-Jul 1931 (Location Notices I)
6 Jul 1931-Oct 1939 (Location Notices K)
6 Nov 1939-Apr 1949 (Notices of Location L)
7 May 1949-Apr 1954 (Notices of Location M)
7 Apr 1954-Feb 1955 (Notices of Location N)
8 Mar 1955-Jan 1956 (Notices of Location O)
9 Feb 1956-Sep 1957 (Notices of location P)
9 Sep 1957-Nov 1964 (Notices of Location Q)

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