Series 24849
Mercur Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1895-1897.

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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

Mercur Mining District records include district by-laws and notices of location for claims staked in the district. 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). Each notice of location recorded in the Mercur District affirms compliance with mining laws, includes a detailed description of the claim, names locators, and includes dates of discovery and filing. Each claim is identified by a unique name, such as Fortune, Sunset, or Bobtail Horse. Claim names are written prominently at the top of each page.


Concurrent by volume, thereunder chronological by date.

Research Note

The Mercur Mining District to which these records pertain does not include Mercur, the mining community of the same name. Mercur, the mining town, was a center of mining activity in Tooele County in the 1890s, and was located in the Camp Floyd District. Because Mercur was so prominent, the Camp Floyd District was also sometimes called the Mercur District. The Mercur District to which these records pertain was located to the west in Skull Valley.

Related Records

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, contain records for the Mercur District recorded after 1897.

Mining records from Camp Floyd Mining District (Utah), Series 10334, contain mining records for the area of the mining town, Mercur, which is not the same area but has the same name.

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

Mercur Mining District records were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in January 2003 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in February 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Volume 1 includes an index which provides reference both by claim name and names of locators.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

1 Volume 1; 1895 Nov-1897 Mar
1 Volume 2; 1895 Dec-1896 Feb

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.