Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco 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 1965 mining claims have been entered and maintained on the clerk's recordings computer network as part of the Recordings [Book of Records] (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Liens and Mining and Water Claims [Record], vol. A, 1859-1892 (1 volume);
Mining and Water Claims [Record], vol. B, 1891-1948 (1 volume);
Mining Claims Index [and Water Rights-indexes volume C], 1948-1985 (1 volume);
Mining Water [Records-includes mostly notices], 1892-1909 (.35 cu.ft.);
Mining Water Rights Related [Records-includes mostly water rights cancellations], 1906-1964 (.15 cu.ft.);
Record of Mines, vol. 1, 1949-1965 (1 volume).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Locked Cabinets:
Book B Mining and Water Claims [Index], 1891-1948 (1 volume).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Mortgage & Deed Books [Water and Mining Claims], vol. B, 1891-1948 (1 reel of microfilm).

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).


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