West Mountain Mining District records

West Mountain Mining District records

Dates: 1879-1884

Group of 7 manuscript items, Salt Lake County, 1879-1884, all legal size. Included are legal notices (some with official seals) of: Water right and mill site in the Main Bingham Canon; McClanahan Lode claim; Lawrence claim adjoining the Shell claim; Fox lode claim; notarized affidavit of Thomas Walsh acknowledging payment from the Red Rover Mining Co. for work performed; notice of the relocation of the Homestead Lode; and a lease agreement for mines in the district (Red Rover, Rox, Lawrence, Shell & Burgess mines for 18 months).

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: West Mountain Mining District
  • Call Number: MSS 4098
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the West Mountain Mining District records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4098; West Mountain Mining District records; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4098, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Bohling Book Company in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Bohling Book Company; 1990.
Subject Terms
Agriculture and Natural Resources; Bingham Copper Mine (Utah); Mines and Mineral Resources
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
Western American business and labor industry (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
West Mountain Mining District records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:42-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The West Mountain Mining District was established in 1863 and originally encompassed the Oquirrh Mountains.

Mining activity in California made precedents which were transferred to Utah Territory and made into law by Congress in 1872. The West Mountain Mining District originally included the whole area of the Oquirrh Mountains, and was established in December of 1863, but when silver was discovered on the western slopes they divided the district into the Rush Valley District and the West Mountain District.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts