Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23989

Lincoln Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1871-1890.

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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 Lincoln Mining District, organized 16 January 1871, was one of several mining districts organized in Beaver County in the early 1870s. The district included 96 square miles in the area northeast of Minersville, Utah. One of Utah's major mineral belts extends through the Wah-Wah and Tushar Mountains of Beaver and Piute Counties. Mining in this area prospered during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Prospectors organized the Lincoln District to manage mining operations and keep records of claims within the district. In 1872 Congress validated the authority of local mining districts as well as the already established precedent that individuals have the right to claim mineral wealth in the public domain (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Lincoln Mining District books primarily contain notices of location for mining claims. Notices identify each claim by a unique name and provide a description which includes dimensions and location. They identify the names of claim holders and dates of discovery and filing. Since early claims were limited to 200 feet along a lode, several locators were generally listed on each claim. Each notice is signed by a Lincoln Mining District recorder or deputy. Early claims also include, on the same page, a record of work done. In addition to notices of location, Lincoln books also contain copies of district by-laws and miners' meeting minutes. Minutes establish the ground rules for making mining claims as well as for the distribution of town lots in Lincoln City, a mining camp established in July 1871.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Volumes of Lincoln Mining District books are chronological. Within each book records are also chronological with the exception that some loose pages have been randomly inserted and microfilmed in Book B.

Related Records

Notices of location books from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23992, contain additional notices of location for claims filed in the Lincoln 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

Lincoln Mining District 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: Lincoln District Book B includes an index which provides reference by claim name, covering from January, 1875 thru May, 1896.

Indexing Terms

  • Lincoln Mining District (Utah)—Corporate minutes.
  • Lincoln Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • Lincoln Mining District (Utah)—City planning.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Beaver County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Beaver County—Utah.
  • Utah—Beaver County—Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Book A; 1871 Jan-1875 Jan
2 Book B; 1875 Jan-1877 Dec
3 Book B, continued; 1878 Jan-1896 May