Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Wallowa County Records Inventory
Mining Claim Records
Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.
Since 1990 mining claims have been filed in the clerk's Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Quartz Locations, vol. B, 1, 1889-1983 (2 volumes);
Mining Deed Record [with index], vol. C, 1917-1973 (1 volume);
Mining Deeds [with index], vol. A, 1885-1902 (1 volume);
Placer Mining Location [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1894-1920 (1 volume);
Proof of Labor [Mining Claim Record-with index], vol. 4, 1975-1990 (1 volume);
Quartz Locations [vol. A with index], vol. A-B, 1882-1899 (2 volumes);
Record of Mining Deeds [with index], vol. B, 1902-1917 (1 volume);
Record of Mining Notices Placer [with index], vol. 2, 1920-1968 (1 volume);
Record of Mining Notices, vol. 1-7, 1899-1987 (7 volumes);
Record of Notices of Suspension of Assessment Works of Mining Claims [with index], vol. 3, 1919-1974 (1 volume).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Record Certificates Issued to Co-Owners, vol. 1, 1907-1913 (1 volume);
Record Notices & Affidavits Co-Owners [with index], vol. 1, 1902-1914 (1 volume);
Record of Notices of Suspension of Assessment Works of Mining Claims [with index], vol. 1-2, 1894-1919 (2 volumes).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Surveyor's Area:
North Townships/South Townships [Mineral Survey Records-Bureau of Land Management], n.d. (1 inch of microfiche).
Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).