Series 23008
Inspector of Coal and Hydrocarbon Mines Reports

Dates: 1898-1904; 1914-1916.

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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 coal mine inspector kept loose copies of a few reports, which included reports to the governor on the state of coal mining in Utah, 1898 to 1903; recommendations for improvements in Utah laws regarding mine safety; and reports on his investigation of three major mine explosions. The accident investigations included the Winter Quarters mine, which had an explosion May 1, 1900, killing 199; the Daly West metal mine, which had an explosion in July 1902,with 34 casualties; and the Hanna, Wyoming mine explosion June 30,1903, which left 169 dead. In addition to these, the inspector kept loose mine inspection reports for 1914 to 1916.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

Two different kinds of reports are in this series: reports addressed to the governor (1898-1904), and mine inspection reports (1914-1916). Most mine inspection reports are for 1914, with only two isolated reports for 1915 and 1916. Reports on the state of coal mining are for the years 1898,1900, and 1903, only.

Related Records

Record book from the Inspector of Coal and Hydrocarbon Mines, Series 1284, contains the mine inspector's early inspection and accident reports.

Letter books from the Inspector of Coal and Hydrocarbon Mines, Series 23009, contain most inspection and accident reports.

Biennial reports from the Inspector of Coal and Hydrocarbon Mines, Series 83919, contain published copies of accident, inspection and other reports.

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

This series was processed by Rosemary Cundiff in June 2000. The reports were microfilmed and the inventory updated in March and April 2002.

Indexing Terms

  • Coal mines and mining—Law and legislation—Utah.
  • Coal mines and mining—Safety measures—Utah.
  • Utah—Coal mine accidents.

Container List

1 1 1 1898-1904
1 1 2 1914 Jan-1914 Jun
1 1 3 1914 Jul-1914 Dec
1 1 4 1915-1916

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