Series 24159
Dugway Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1872-1877; 1891-1897.

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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

Miners in the Dugway Mountains of Tooele County organized the Dugway Mining District in February 1872. According to established precedent, which was validated when Congress passed a federal mining law later that year, mineral deposits in 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, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Dugway Mining District books primarily contain notices of location (mining claims). Each notice provides descriptive information about the claim, names of locators, and indicates dates of discovery and recording. All notices are signed by the district recorder. Dugway record books also include copies of the by-laws for the district and minutes of miners' meetings.


Chronological in books A & D and by date in books B & C.

Related Records

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, include records for the Dugway Mining District 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

The records of the Dugway Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in September 2002. Utah State Archives refilmed these books and updated the inventory in February 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Books A, C, and D include indexes which provide reference to notices of location by claim name.

Indexing Terms

  • Dugway Mining District (Utah)—Corporate minutes.
  • Dugway Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Tooele County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Utah—Tooele County.
  • Utah—Tooele County—Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 Book A; 1872-1877
1 Book B; 1894-1896
1 Book C; 1891-1895
1 Book D (or Book 4); 1896-1897

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.