Series 23923
Gold Mountain Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1889-1897.

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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

According to federal law, mineral deposits in the public domain were free and open to exploration, and locators of the same had exclusive right of possession. Local mining districts managed mining operations and recorded claims. (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, 1872, vol. XVII, chap. 152). Records kept by the Gold Mountain Mining District recorder include claims or notices of location, affidavits showing proof of annual assessment labor and a few other mining records, such as deeds, notices of water rights, and statements about district business. Location notices affirm the citizenship of locators and confirm compliance with federal and local laws. They describe the claims, both in terms of dimensions and location, and identify each claim with a unique name. Notices provide dates of discovery and filing and are signed by both locators and the district recorder. Gold Mountain Mining District records also contain affidavits claiming proof of labor. In order to maintain claims, federal law required at least $100 worth of labor or improvements annually. Claimants appeared before the district recorder and provided a statement that the annual assessment work had been completed.


Chronological by date.

Related Records

Mining district by-laws from United States. General Land Office, Series 3651, include a copy of Gold Mountain Mining District by-laws as filed with the General Land Office.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public: UCA 17-21-19 and 63G-2-301(1)(g) (2008).

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Gold Mountain Mining District records were microfilmed at Southern Utah University under the direction of Utah State Archives in December 2001 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in March 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The district recorder created an index to all Gold Mountain Mining District records. The index provides reference by name of claim or mine, and provides the book and page number where each document was recorded. Index entries are alphabetically grouped and chronological thereunder.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining districts—Piute County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources—Ownership—Piute County (Utah).
  • Mining claims—Piute County (Utah).
  • Mining districts—Sevier County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources—Ownership—Sevier County (Utah).
  • Mining claims—Sevier County (Utah).

Container List

1 index to Book A-D;
1 Book A; 1889 Apr-1891 Jul
2 Book A, cont.; 1891 Jul-1891 Dec
2 Book B; 1891 Dec-1894 Dec
2 Book C; 1894 Dec-1896 Dec
2 Book D; 1896 Jul-1897 May

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.