Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 10334

Camp Floyd Mining District (Utah) Mining records

Dates: 1870-1897.

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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 Albert Sydney Johnston's federal army completed its tour of duty in Utah, some of the soldiers stayed to prospect. They discovered silver in the Oquirrh Mountains and organized the Camp Floyd Mining District in 1870. According to already established precedent, which was validated in 1872 by federal mining law, mineral deposits on 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, chap. 152). In order to regulate mining activity and keep track of individual claims, local miners organized mining districts and appointed district recorders to keep records. Notices of location are the recorder's record of claims within the district. Each notice provides the dimensions of the claim and a description of its location. It names locators, gives the dates of location and recording, and identifies the claim by a unique name. In addition to location notices Camp Floyd mining records include the by-laws of the district.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Camp Floyd Mining District recorders ordered documents chronologically, however unused pages in Books A and B, which were originally recorded in the 1870s, were used to record location notices in 1892-1894.

Research Note

When the Camp Floyd Mining District was organized the miners recorded minutes, by-laws, and early location notices on the blank pages left in a book that had been previously used as an account book for Albert Sydney Johnston's army stationed at Camp Floyd. The accounts, dated 1859, itemize the supplies used by specific soldiers. Supplies include such things as whiskey, tobacco, coffee, calico, thread, combs, candles, soap, suspenders, socks, sugar, rock candy, apples, etc. Mining records begin on page 352.

Related Records

Mining district by-laws from United States. General Land Office, Series 3651, includes by-laws for this district.

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, contain additional and subsequent mining records for the Camp Floyd District, as well as a complete transcription of Camp Floyd Book B.

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

Mining records for the Camp Floyd District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in August 2002. Utah State Archives refilmed these records and updated the inventory in January and February 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Indexes are included with all Camp Floyd Mining District books. These indexes provide reference by claim name.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining claims—Tooele County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Tooele County (Utah).
  • By-laws—Mining districts—Utah.
  • Utah—Tooele County—Mines and mineral resources.
  • Fort Crittenden (Utah)—Military Supplies.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Book A (Camp Floyd military account records, 1859; mining claims 1870-1871; 1893-1894)
2 Book B (1872, Jun-1893, Dec)
3 Book C (1893, Dec-1894, Nov)
3 Book D (1894, Nov-1895, Aug)
4 Book E (1895, Aug-Nov)
4 Book F (1895, Nov-Dec)
4 Book G (1895, Dec-1896, Jan)
5 Book H (1896, Jan-Feb)
5 Book I (1896, Feb-Mar)
6 Book J (1896, Mar-Apr)
6 Book K (1896, Apr-Jul)
6 Book L (1896, Jul-1897, Jan)
7 Book M (1897, Jan-Feb)
7 Book N (1897, Feb-Jun)
7 Camp Floyd West (1897, Jan-May)