Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24334

Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder Intent to hold claim notices

Dates: 1893-1894.

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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, confirmed that individuals had the right to claim mineral wealth in the public domain. However, the law required miners to annually work the ground and perform at least $100 worth of labor on their claims in order to maintain them (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, 1872, vol. 17, chap. 152). During the years 1893 and 1894 Congress passed joint resolutions temporarily suspending the requirement of annual assessment work. In order to obtain the benefit of this exception, Congress required claim holders to file notices of their intention to hold their claims. Each document in this book is a notice of intent to hold a claim, and all were filed between December 1893 and December 1894. Each notice names a claim, declares the miner's intent to hold that claim, and cites the book and page number where a notice of location was originally recorded. Some notices also provide a legal description of the claim involved. Each notice includes the date filed and is signed by the district recorder.

Arrangement

Chronological by date filed.

Related Records

Location notices from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24331, are the original notices of location for the claims herein referenced. They also contain notices of intent to hold a claim for later years when Congress again resolved to make exceptions (1917-1918, 1933-1934).

Proof of labor record books from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24332, document labor the annual assessment labor performed on 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

Records for the Clifton Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in October 2002. Because of the poor quality of the microfilm, Utah State Archives refilmed this book and updated the inventory in May 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: This book includes an alphabetical index at the beginning which references notices by claim name.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining claims--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Mines and mineral resources--Property--Tooele County (Utah).
  • Utah--Tooele County--Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 A 1893 Nov 27-1894 Dec 31; Index A-Z