Series 23990
Newton Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1892-1897.

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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 decade of the 1890s was a boom time for mining in the state of Utah. The state's southern-most major mineral belt extends through the Wah-Wah and Tushar Mountains of Piute and Beaver Counties. The Newton Mining District, organized 26 November 1892, includes an area in eastern Beaver County along the Piute/Beaver County border. Utah mining districts were organized in accordance with federal mining law which allows individuals to claim mineral wealth found in the public domain (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Local mining districts managed mining operations and district recorders kept records of claims. Newton Mining District record books include a variety of records. Notices of location or claims are most prominent. These notices identify each claim by a unique name and provide descriptions that include location and dimensions. Location notices provide the names of claims holders and dates of discovery and recording. The books also include minutes of miners' meetings, a copy of by-laws, notices of location for mill sites, documents offering proof of annual assessment labor, and notices of intent to hold claims for those years (1893-1894) when Congress temporarily suspended the work requirement. Each document in Newton District books is signed by a district recorder or deputy.


Chronological by date recorded.

However Book B and a supplemental Book B (which has only 9 pages) are concurrent.

Related Records

Mining district by-laws from United States. General Land Office, Series 3651, include a copy of the by-laws for the Newton 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.

Processing Note

Newton District mining record 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: Each Newton Mining District record book contains an index at the beginning which identifies records by the name of a claim.

Indexing Terms

  • Newton Mining District (Utah)—Corporate minutes.
  • Newton 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
2 Book B
3 Book B supplement

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.