Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24409

Willow Springs Mining District (Utah). Recorder File book

Dates: 1891-1897.

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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

The Willow Springs Mining District, organized 21 May 1891 in the Deep Creek Mountains of western Tooele County (Utah), was an extension of mining activity at Gold Hill. Gold Hill prospectors organized this district in accordance with federal law, which stated that mineral deposits in 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, 1872, chap. 152). The law authorized local mining districts to keep records and oversee mining operations within specified boundaries. The Willow Springs Mining District file book begins with a copy of by-laws for the district. By-laws are followed by a chronological list of claims or notices of location filed in the district. Each entry includes the claim name, the date filed, and the book and page number where notice was recorded. The flow of file entries is interrupted by notices of intention to hold claims recorded in 1894 and by affidavits showing proof of labor in 1895. These documents relate to federal requirements for annual assessment work to hold claims.

Arrangement

Chronological by date recorded.

Related Records

Willow Springs Mining District records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 24408, contain notices of location for the Willow Springs District, including those referenced by the entries of this book.

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

The records of the Willow Springs Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in October 2002.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining claims--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Mines and mineral resources--Property--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Utah--Tooele County--Mines and mineral resources.
  • Gold Hill--Utah.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1891 May 21-1897 May 3