Series 83751
Iron County (Utah). County Recorder Land patents

Dates: 1905-1964.

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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

A patent is a deed transferring land from the federal or state government to an individual. During the nineteenth century federal policy supported transferring land in the public domain into private ownership. Individuals could purchase this land outright or they could obtain it in exchange for some kind of labor or development under such programs as the Homestead Act, the Timber Culture Act or the Desert Lands Act. Federal mining laws were also set up to encourage the development of mineral resources by offering ownership to individuals who discovered and developed the same. Additionally, the federal government granted many acres of land to the state of Utah, some of which the state in turn sold to individuals.

The patents in these books are primarily for land, but also include mining rights. Information in the documents includes the names of grantee and grantor (grantor being a government), a legal description of the land, and application and certificate numbers. Each patent explains the laws and requirements which had been fulfilled in order to obtain the land or mining claim, and that a certificate for the same had been filed in the Salt Lake Land Office. Where water rights were involved, they were specified. The President of the United States signed federal patents and the governor signed state patents.


Chronological by date.

Patents in the Iron County patent books are arranged in the order in which they were filed by the county recorder. The first book is divided into separate sections for federal and state patents. While federal or state patents dominate in each section, patents are actually mixed throughout.

Related Records

Grantor and grantee indexes from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6100, provide reference to the patents in this series based on the names of individuals involved.

Mining deeds from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23951, contain additional mineral certificates and patents for mining claims.

Mining deeds index from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23953, provides reference to the mining related documents in this series.

Abstracts from Iron County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 83764, provide reference to the patents in this series based on location.

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 land patent books were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in June 1974 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in November 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Iron County patents are referenced by abstracts, and by grantor and grantee indexes. Mining patents are referenced in the mining deeds index. See related records.

Indexing Terms

  • Real property—Utah—Iron County.
  • Aquisition of property—Utah.
  • Government property—Utah.

Container List

1 Patent Record A, federal patents section; 1906 Jan-1913 Jan
1 Patent Record A, state patents section; 1905 Mar-1915 Jun
1 Patent Record B; 1915 Aug-1920 Aug
2 Patent Record C; 1921 Apr-1934 Jul
2 Patent Record D; 1934 Aug-1964 Dec

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.