Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24153

Blue Bell Mining District (Utah). Recorder Location notices

Dates: 1896-1897.

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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. The Blue Bell District was organized in southeast Tooele County in 1896. Records kept by the Blue Bell Mining District recorder include only 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 Blue Bell District includes a detailed description of the claim and the names of locators. The names of claims are printed boldly at the top of each page and each is signed and dated by the district recorder.

Arrangement

chronological.

Related Records

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, contain mining records for the Blue Bell District after 1897.

Location notices from Hercules Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24150, contain the records of the Hercules Mining District which was organized in the same area at about the same time.

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

Records of the Blue Bell 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.

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