Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23994

Rocky Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1872-1891.

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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 Rocky Mining District, organized 27 March 1872, was one of several mining districts organized in Beaver County, Utah, in the 1870s. By-laws defined the boundaries as all of an isolated chain of mountains six miles north of Shenandoah City and 2 miles west of the Beaver River (the Rocky Range which is just north of Milford). Prospectors organized this district to manage mining operations and keep records of claims. Later that same year 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). The Rocky Mining District book primarily contains notices of location for mining claims. Each notice identifies the claim by a unique name which is prominently written at the top of the page. Notices provide descriptions for each claim, identify the names of claim holders, and provide dates of discovery and filing. Since early claims were limited to 200 feet along a lode, several locators were generally listed on each claim. Early claims also include, on the same page, a record of work done. In addition to notices of location, the Rocky book also contains a copy of by-laws and miners' meeting minutes. Electing a recorder was the main business at miners' meetings.

Arrangement

The Rocky Mining District record book begins with a copy of the by-laws, which is followed by miners' meeting minutes. These are followed by notices of location for mining claims. Within each record type documents are chronological by date recorded.

Related Records

Mining records from North Star Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 23991, include a page of miners' meeting minutes for the Rocky District. It was tucked inside a North Star District book and microfilmed there.

Notices of location books from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23992, contain notices of location for the Rocky Mining 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

Rocky Mining District Book A was microfilmed in January 2002 as part of Utah State Archives Millennial Project and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in March 2003.

Indexing Terms

  • Rocky Mining District (Utah)—Corporate minutes.
  • Rocky Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • 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 1872 Mar-1891 Apr; Book A