Series 24151
Cottonwood Springs Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1892-1893.

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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 development of the cyanide process in the early 1890s and the construction of the first commercial cyanide mill in Mercur stimulated mining activity and prompted the organization of several new mining companies in Tooele County. The Cottonwood Springs Mining District was organized in the area between the Sheeprock and Simpson Mountains near the Tooele-Juab County border. The records kept by the Cottonwood Springs Mining District recorder primarily include location notices. 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, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Location notices recorded by the Cottonwood Springs District describe claims involved and affirm compliance with federal and territorial laws. Each notice names the locator or locators and provides the date and time of recording. All documents are signed by the district recorder.


Chronological by date filed.

Related Records

Mining records from Erekson Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24155, contain location notices and other mining records for claims recorded in this area beginning in 1894.

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

The records of the Cottonwood Springs Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in August 2002.

Finding Aids

Series inventory available.

Indexing Terms

  • Mines and mineral resources--Property--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Mining claims--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Utah--Tooele County--Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 A 1892 Aug-1893 Dec

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