Monumental Mining District (Utah) Mining location notices
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Scope and Content
In the 1890s miners flocked to San Juan County in search of gold which had been discovered in traces in the sandbars of the rivers and in the sandstone. Location notices were recorded in accordance with federal law, which decreed that mineral deposits in the public domain were free and open to exploration, and locators of the same had exclusive right of possession (see Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XVII, chap. 152). Federal law authorized the organization of mining districts to oversee local mining operations and to record claims. Each Monumental District location notice provides a description of the claim and the boundaries thereof, tells the name of the claim and the names of locators, and gives the date of location. Each notice is signed by A.L. Riplee, district recorder. All location notices included in the Monumental Mining District's location notices book are placer claims along the San Juan and Colorado Rivers, and all were recorded between January and April 1896. The Monumental book also includes a few notices of mill site water rights along the San Juan River.
Chronological by date.
This volume also includes location notices in the Williams District, but recorded by the Monumental District recorder.
Miscellaneous records from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23400, contain additional mining records for San Juan County, including the original by-laws for the Monumental District in Book B, pages 267-168.
Mining location notices (petroleum) from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 24000, contain notices of location for petroleum claims in the Monumental District recorded after 1905.
Mining location notices from Williams Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24040, contain location notices recorded by the Williams District recorder.
Mining district minutes from Monumental Mining District (Utah), Series 24042, contain rules and regulations for the Monumental District as they were revised in 1908-1909.
Mining records from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84250, contain notices of location and other mining related documents for Monumental District.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Monumental Mining District location notices were microfilmed by San Juan County in February 2001 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in January 2002.
- Mines and mineral resources—Ownership—San Juan County (Utah).
- Mining claims—San Juan County (Utah).
- Mining districts—San Juan County (Utah).