Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 84230

Tooele County (Utah). County Commission Minutes

Dates: 1851-

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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

These minute books record the actions of the county commission (known during the territorial period as the county court), the governing body of the county. The court was authorized to manage all county business and county property. This included auditing all claims against the county, reviewing financial reports of the treasurer and other officials, appropriating money for salaries, and authorizing the purchase of supplies and services. The court allocated water rights, timber rights, herdgrounds, and mill sites. The court supervised the lay out of roads and bridges and oversaw the erection of public buildings such as a court house in 1865. The court created election precincts, road districts, school districts, and by 1883, irrigation districts and appointed superintendents of such districts. In 1855, the court created fortification districts. Court members levied property taxes for county purposes and after 1878 served as a board of equalization. The y provided for elections and appointed other officials. They provided for the maintenance of the indigent, insane, orphaned, and incapacitated. They provided for the health and safety of their constituents through quarantine regulations and the building of a jail. They regulated fences, created estray pounds, and paid bounties on varmints. They authorized liquor licenses by 1864, and by 1884, general business licenses. The court granted franchises beginning in 1892. All these activities are noted in the minutes.

Tooele County (then spelled "Tuilla"), was created in 1850 by the legislature of the State of Deseret. Following the formation of territorial government, the legislature in 1852 passed acts relating to the formation and government of counties. There were no county commissions, but the probate judge in conjunction with the county selectmen were invested "with the usual powers and jurisdiction of County Commissioners" and as such were known as the county court. The probate court clerk (also known as the county clerk) was to keep the records of the court. With statehood in 1896, an actual board of county commissioners was created. The probate judge was removed, but the selectmen continued serving as commissioners until elections were held. The county clerk remained the clerk of the board, recording the minutes.


Chronological by date of meeting.

Research Note

While the minutes summarize the meetings of the commission, many other county agencies recorded the particulars. Thus the other holdings of the county commission and other Tooele County agencies should be consulted.

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.

Gaps in Series

Volume B, 1866-1877, is missing.

Processing Note

The Tooele County Clerk as secretary for the Tooele County Commission should be contacted for other holdings. Volumes A, C, and D were filmed in 1966 by the LDS Genealogical Society with the paper copy retained by the county. The series was processed by A.C. Cone in July 1996.

Indexing Terms

  • County budgets--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Tax collection--Tooele County (Utah).
  • Water resources development--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Sewage disposal--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Police--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Highway planning--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Fire departments--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Refuse and refuse disposal--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Tooele County (Utah)--Politics and government.

Container List

1 A 1851 May 10-1866 Jun 25
1 C 1877 Apr 16-1882 Jun 12
2 C 1882 Jun 12-1886 May 31
2 D 1886 Jun 07-1895 Dec 17