Series 24035
Blue Mountain Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1894-1897.

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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 records kept by the Blue Mountain Mining District recorder include both notices of location and affidavits showing proof of annual labor. The recorder kept location notices or claims in accordance with federal law which provided that mineral deposits on the public domain were free and open to exploration, and locators of the same had exclusive right of possession (see Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, 1872, vol. XVII, chap. 152). Blue Mountain District by-laws required that each notice should provide the name of the claim, and designate whether placer or lode location, provide the names of locators, indicate the date of location, tell how many feet or acres the claim involved, and provide a description by which the claim could be clearly identified. (San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Miscellaneous records, Book B, p. 240-245, Utah State Archives, Series 23400). Federal mining law required that at least $100 worth of annual labor be applied in making improvements in order to maintain and eventually patent a claim. In the Blue Mountain District each miner swore that he had performed the necessary amount of labor on a certain claim. He specified what that labor involved and who had performed it. All affidavits confirming proof of labor were sworn before A.L.F. MacDermott, county clerk or A.L.F. MacDermott, justice of the peace. Mr. MacDermott was also mining district recorder.


chronological by filing date.

Related Records

Mining location notices (lode claims) from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 24001, contain location notices for lode claims in the Blue Mountain District and recorded by the San Juan County recorder after 1900.

Entry book from Blue Mountain Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24036, contains a chronological list of the documents recorded by the Blue Mountain Mining District recorder.

Mining records from San Juan County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84250, contain mining additional mining records for this area, including records recorded after 1897.

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

Mining location notices for the Blue Mountain District were microfilmed by San Juan County in February 2001 and processed in January 2002 by Rosemary Cundiff.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The Blue Mountain Mining District recorder created an index to the records in Book A. It provides reference by claim name and is alphabetically grouped with chronological entries thereunder. Each index entry includes the names of locators, date of location, kind of document, and the book and page number where recorded,.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining districts—San Juan County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources—Ownership—San Juan County (Utah).
  • Mining claims—San Juan County (Utah).

Container List

1 1894-1897

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.