Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24150

Hercules Mining District (Utah). Recorder Location notices

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

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 districts in Tooele County. The Hercules Mining District was organized in 1895. The records kept by the Hercules Mining District recorder include only location notices or mining claims. 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 for the Hercules District affirm compliance with federal and local laws. Each location notice names the locator or locators and describes the claim both in terms of dimensions and location. Notices provide a discovery date as well as the date and time recorded and are signed by the district recorder or his deputy.

Arrangement

Chronological by date filed.

Related Records

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, include mining records for the Hercules District recorded after 1897. By-laws for the Hercules District begin on page 374 of Book D.

Location notices from Blue Bell Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24153, contain the records for the Blue Bell Mining District, which was organized about the same time in the same area.

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 Hercules Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in August 2002.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

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1 BOOK A; 1895 Feb-1897 Mar