Series 23985
Beaver Lake Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1872-1897.

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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 Beaver Lake Mining District, organized on 2 September 1872, was one of several mining districts organized in Beaver County in the early 1870s. One of Utah's major mineral belts extends through the Wah-Wah and Tushar Mountains of Beaver and Piute Counties. Mining in this area prospered throughout the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Utah miners organized local districts according to established custom and federal law which allowed individuals to claim mineral deposits in the public domain (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Local district recorders kept records of claims. Beaver Lake mining record books primarily contain notices of location for claims within the district. Each location notice identifies the claim by a unique name and provides a description of its dimensions and location. Location notices also include the names of locators, dates of discovery and filing, and the signature of the mining district recorder or his deputy. In addition to notices of location, Beaver Lake books also include a few notices of location for mill sites and some 'non-forfeiture' notices filed by miners wishing to maintain claims during the years Congress temporarily suspended the annual labor requirement (1893-1894). A copy of by-laws as revised and adopted in May 1893 appears at the beginning of Book C.



Related Records

Mining district by-laws from United States. General Land Office, Series 3651, includes by-laws for this district.

Notices of location books from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23992, contain additional location notices for claims in the Beaver Lake Mining District.

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.

Gaps in Series

In spite of the fact that Book A is labeled such, evidence suggests the existence of a prior book containing records for 1872-1881. The second volume is identified on its spine as 'Notice of Locations B' but inside it is identified as Book C.

Processing Note

Beaver Lake District Books were microfilmed in January 2002 as part of Utah State Archives Millennial Project and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in February 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Beaver Lake Mining District Book C includes an index which provides reference by claim name,.

Indexing Terms

  • Beaver Lake Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Beaver County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Beaver County—Utah.
  • Utah—Beaver County—Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 Book A
1 Book C

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.