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Summit County Coal Mines

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(Research completed on February 19 and 21, 1992 and on March 5, 1992 at Summit County courthouse in Coalville, Utah)

Coal Mine Names

"Johnson Coal Mine", near Coalville

"Pacific Coal Survey", situated 3 to 5 miles up Chalk Creek

"Johnson and Allen Coal Bed", near Coalville

"Superior Coal Plat"

"Weber Coal Mine", later called "Telegraph Coal Bed", also "Telegraph Coal Plat"

"Telegraph Coal Mine", circa 1871

"Excelsior Plat" had some coal beds (Abstract Book 1, p.280)

"Hanging Rock Coal Survey" and "Deseret Coal Mine", in Echo Canyon (Abstracts Book 1, p.285)

"John Spriggs Coal Mine", on Spring Creek, circa 1872 (Abstracts Book 1, p.288)

"Spriggs and Kimball Coal Mine", circa 1872 (Abstracts Book 1, p.288)

"Robinson and Company's Coal Mine", in Chalk Creek Canyon, mortgaged in 1872 (Abstracts Book 1, p.288)

"Fletcher's Coal Mine", in Grass Creek Canyon, mortgaged in 1872 (Abstracts Book 1, p.288)

"Crismon and Maxfield Coal Mine", mortgaged in 1873. (Abstracts Book 1, p.288)

"Tolbert Coal Mine", in Grass Creek, circa 1869

"Cullen Spriggs Coal Mine", in Grass Creek, circa 1896

Grass Creek Coal Mines

February 15, 1869
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of 20 lots (Lots 2-11, 16-25) in Grass Creek Coal Plat. Claimants include: Brigham Young Jr. (Lot 22); Brigham Young III (Lot 19); James Jack (Lot 5); George W. Thatcher (Lot 6); Mahoni Young (Lot 8); Earnst Young (Lot 9); Heber Young (Lot 10); Briant Stringham (Lot 20); John W. Young (Lot 21); John Sharp (Lot 23); and Joseph A. Young (Lot 25). (Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.222-223; Summit County Abstracts, Book A, p.286-287)

April 12, 1869
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of 200 acres in Grass Creek Coal Plat to Samuel Fletcher, David H. Kinsey, Thomas Dixon, John Kerr, and Thomas Price. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.232)

April 17, 1869
William Tolbert sells 1/2 interest in "Tolbert Coal Mine", in Grass Creek, to Daniel Aaron. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.110)

May 3, 1869
William Tolbert and Daniel Aaron sell 1/3 interest in "Tolbert Coal Mine" to P. E. Conner. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.111)

May 31, 1869
William Tolbert and Daniel Aaron sell 2/3 interest in "Tolbert Coal Mine" to F. D. Tease and Clayton L. Haines. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.111)

1871
The "Wells and Taylor Coal Mine" had been located in Grass Creek since 1856. Property surveyed by the county surveyor in 1871, commencing from the SE corner of Section 13, T3N, R5E, 80 rods north, 320 rods east, 80 rods south, 320 rods west to beginning, formerly known as "Church Coal Mine". Discovery rights by S. W. Taylor, occupied and worked by Daniel H. Wells. (Summit County Old Records, Book D, p.187; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.289)

(By description, this is the S-1/4 of adjacent Section 18, T3N, R6E; 80 by 320 rods (1/4 mile by 1 mile) is the entire 1/4, across full east to west, 1 mile width of the section.)

October 9, 1872
John Robinson, William Hudson, and Samuel Fletcher, all of Coalville, mortgage to James T. Little, for $1,500.00, the "Fletcher Coal Mine" in Grass Creek. Also included was the coal mine of Robinson and Company, situated in Spring Hollow, with three openings, 2 miles north of Coalville, on land containing 160 acres. Cancelled on 15 July 1878, by order of S. P. Hoyt. (Summit County Old Records, Book C, p.101)

December 25, 1872
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lots 5 and 6, Block 1, Grass Creek Plat, with 40 acres each, to Mahouri Cahoon. (Summit County Old Records, Book C, p.80; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.288)

January 20, 1873
Mahouri Cahoon sells to Joseph A. Young Lots 5 and 6, Block 1, Grass Creek Plat, for $400.00. (Summit County Old Records, Book C, p.80; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.288)

September 18, 1874
Stephen W. Taylor sells property known as "Wells and Taylor, and Church Coal Mines" to Angus W. Cannon. Property is 80 by 320 rods, beginning from SE corner of Section 13, T3N, R5E. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.289; Summit County Old Records, Book D, p.302)

April 27, 1875
William W. Cluff sells to Brigham Young the 160 acres in the NW-1/4 of Section 18, T3N, R5E. Purchase price was $3,000.00. (Summit County Old Records, Book E, p.105)

October 27, 1876
Brigham Young sells to Union Pacific Railroad the above described property. (Summit County Old Records, Book F, p.138)

September 28, 1878
United States patented to William W. Cluff the above described property. (Summit County Miscellaneous Records, Book I, p.432)

May 21, 1891
Union Pacific Railroad sells to Union Pacific Coal Company the above described property. (Summit County Miscellaneous Records, Book H, p.528)

March 29, 1880
Daniel H. Wells sells to Angus M. Cannon the coal lands known as "the Old Church Coal mine", located in Sections 18 and 19, T3N, R6E. Purchase price was $8,100.00. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.205, Summit County Old Records, Book K, p.292)

May 21, 1891
UPRR sells to Union Pacific Coal Company 200 acres on following land in Sections 24 and 26, T3N, R5E. (Summit County Miscellaneous Records, Book H, p.528)

May 17, 1894
Angus M. Cannon sells to William W. Cluff the following coal lands located in Sections 18 and 19, T3N, R6E. Purchase price was $15,000.00. (Summit County Warranty Deed Record, Book D, p.60)

August 8, 1894
William W. Cluff sells to George Q. Cannon the coal lands located in Sections 18 and 19, R3N, R6E. Purchase price was $15,000.00. (Summit County Warranty Deed Record, Book D, p.60)

October 2, 1896
George Q. Cannon sells to the Grass Creek Coal Company the coal lands located in Sections 18 and 19, T3N, R6E, and in Sections 24 and 26, T3N, R5E, the land in Section 24 being known as the Cullen Spriggs Coal Mine, with improvements. (Summit County Quit Claim Deed Record, Book B, p.423)

May 1, 1906
Grass Creek Terminal Railway still existed in 1906. The railroad agreed to make good damages caused to property of Thomas A. Welch, in the amount of $150.00. The construction of the railroad changed the channel of Grass Creek, and flow from the new channel caused some damage by washout. (Summit County Miscellaneous Record, Book M, p.561)

March 6, 1908
Grass Creek Coal Company sells to Union Fuel Company the coal lands located in Sections 18 and 19, T3N, R6E, and in Sections 24 and 26, T3N, R5E. Included in sale was the Grass Creek Terminal Railway. (Summit County Warranty Deeds, Book I, p.298)

June 16, 1922
Heber J. Grant, as Trustee in Trust for LDS Church, sells by quit claim deed to Zion Securities, in the amount of $1.00, the coal lands in Grass Creek canyon, described as follows: S-1/2 Section 18; N-1/2 of NE-1/4 Section 19; SW-1/4 of NE-1/4, NE-1/4 of NW-1/4 Section 24; W-1/2 Section 26; S-1/2 of SW-1/4 Section 8; including Grass Creek Terminal Railway, which begins at center of east line of Section 8, T3N, R6E. (Summit County Quit Claim Deeds, Book E, p.266)

August 22, 1923
Zion Securities warranty deeds to Union Pacific Railroad the right of way and track of the Grass Creek Branch, plus 8.78 acres in SW-1/4 Section 18 and NW-1/4, Section 19, including coal tipple. Purchase price was $10.00. Heber J. Grant is president of Zion Securities. (Summit County Warranty Deeds, Book N, p.81)

August 28, 1933
Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints quit claim deeded to Zion Securities the property in Sections 18, 19, 24, 26, 8. (Summit County Quit Claim Deeds, Book F, p.383)

January 26, 1934
Zion Securities agrees to sell to Grass Creek Coal Company the property in Sections 18, 19, 24, 26, 8 for $10,000.00. Grass Creek Coal Company owes Zion Securities $7,428.15 in payment for lease that has been in effect for some time. Upon payment of all back taxes, Zion Securities agrees to give Grass Creek Coal Company a receipt for the back lease payments, in effect writing off the money owed from the lease in return for Grass Creek Coal Company's paying the back taxes owed by Zion Securities. The purchase price of $10,000.00 will be paid by Grass Creek Coal Company in monthly payments of not less than $100.00. The payments will be made up of royalties from the coal that Grass Creek has mined from the coal mine, at the rate of 5 cents for each ton of slack or fine coal removed, and 10 cents for each ton of lump or nut coal removed. The royalties are figured on production average of 18 months. J. H. Roberts was Vice President of the Grass Creek Coal Company. In 1972, the land was still in the hands of the heirs to the J. H. Roberts estate, Andrew J. and Helen R. Motzel, Ogden, Utah. (Summit County Miscellaneous Records, Book U, p.176)

Chalk Creek Coal Mines

(See Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.84)

December 19, 1863
P. E. Conner sells to George Carleton, for $1,000.00, 1/3 interest in Weber Coal Mining Company, situated in the Wasatch Mining District, about 1-1/4 miles west of junction of Spring Creek and East Weber River and for 15,000 feet along Spring Creek. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.280; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.5-7)

February 4, 1864
William Galbreth sells "Weber Coal Mine" to George W. Carleton. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.280; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.9)

July 23, 1864
County Surveyor certifies possession of "Pacific Coal Survey", situated on Chalk Creek Canyon, 5 miles from Coalville, to John Spriggs and William H. Kimball. (Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.34)

August 6, 1864
John Spriggs and William H. Kimball sell the "Pacific Coal Survey" to Howard Livingston. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.281; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.32-35)

(Later known as the Spriggs and Kimball Mine)

June 30, 1865
Andrew Johnston, of Coalville, sells , for $2,000.00, to Howard Livingston, of Salt Lake City, 1/2 interest in "Johnson's Coal Mine", on Chalk Creek near Coalville. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.280; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.24)

Apparently Johnston tried to sell the coal mine a couple more times, 3 and 4 years later:

October 21, 1868
Andrew Johnston sells to David H. Kinsey, of Provo, and C. E. Dixon, of Payson, the "Johnson Coal Mine", about 3 miles northeast of Coalville on the northeast side of Spring Hollow. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.179) Later noted as VOID, per affidavit by Andrew Johnston.

October 18, 1869
Andrew Johnston sells 1/2 interest in "Johnson Coal Mine" to R. Jackson Redden, for $3,000.00. Redden sold it back to Johnston on 15 January 1870. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.130, 140-141)

September 12, 1865
Howard Livingston sells all of "Pacific Coal Survey" to Richard A. Keyes, for $4,000.00. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.281; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.36)

November 13, 1865
George Carleton, of Salt Lake City, sells 1/2 interest in the "Telegraph Coal Bed" (with same description as previous "Weber Coal Mine") to William L. Halsey, of Salt Lake City, for $5,000.00. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.281; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.51)

April 9, 1867
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lot 4 and Lot 6 of Block 1 of "Superior Coal Plat" to W. W. Cluff (1/4 interest, 160.85 acres), William H. Smith (1/4 interest, 160.85 acres), and F. A. Mitchell (1/2 interest, 318.75 acres). (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.282; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.87-88)

May 13, 1867
Richard A. Keyes mortgaged 1/2 interest in "Johnson Coal Claim" to William Gilbert for $2,500.00. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.283; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.106, 107) Mortgage satisfied and discharged on 30 April 1868. (Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.107)

January 1, 1868
William H. Smith sells to W. W. Cluff 1/4 interest in Lots 4 and 6, Block 1, Superior Coal Plat. (Summit County Old Records, Book E, p.85-86; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.289)

April 1, 1868
W. W. Cluff and F. A. Mitchell sell all of Lots 4 and 6, Block 1 of "Superior Coal Plat" to Wasatch Coal Mining Company. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.289; Summit County Old Records, Book E, p.63-65)

May 1, 1868
Richard A. Keyes sells 1/2 interest in "Johnson Coal Mine" and all of "Pacific Coal Survey" to John W. Kerr, for $12,000.00. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.150)

May 13, 1868
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lot 1, Block 1 (221 acres) of "Superior Coal Plat" to John Allen. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.153)

May 13, 1868
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lot 3, Block 1 (221 acres) of "Superior Coal Plat" to Richard A. Keyes. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.154)

June 1, 1868
John Allen sells 1/2 interest in "Johnson and Allen Coal Mine" to William Kiskadden and Joseph T. Snealwood. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.157)

June 12, 1868
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lot 2, Block 1 (329.64 acres) of "Superior Coal Plat" to R. J. Redden. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.158)

June 12, 1868
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lot 5, Block 1 (91 acres) of "Superior Coal Plat" to R. J. Redden and H. B. Wilde. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.158)

June 15, 1868
Weber Coal Mining Company organized, at the Tithing Office in Coalville. Coal claim is west of the Wasatch Coal Company claim and lies in Dry Hollow. John W. Farnsworth, President; John Williams, Treasurer; H. B. Wilde, Secretary; Isaac Shaw and H. B. Clemons were other organizers. (By-laws filed with Summit County Recorder, in Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.159-160)

June 29, 1868
R. Jackson Redden mortgages 1/2 interest in Lot 5, Block 1 (for $500.00), and all of Lot 2, Block 1 (for $700.00) of "Superior Coal Plat" to Joseph Woodmansee. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.166-167) Mortgage satisfied and discharged on 5 June 1869. (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.115)

February 26, 1869
William Kiskadden sells 1/4 interest in "Johnson Coal Mine" to John W. Kerr. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.108)

April 12, 1869
City Surveyor certifies possession by Samuel Fletcher, David H. Kinsey, Thomas Dixon, John Kerr, and Thomas Price of Claim No. 7, adjoining "Superior Coal Plat" in Spring Hollow, along west bank of Spring Creek, north of Crismon's Claim, containing 700 acres. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.232, with map)

June 5, 1869
R. Jackson Redden sells 1/4 interest in Lot 2, Block 1 of "Superior Coal Plat" to Richard Maxfield, for $3,303.00. (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.116)

June 5, 1869
R. Jackson Redden sells 1/4 interest in Lot 5, Block 1 of "Superior Coal Plat" to Charles Crismon and Sons, for $3,900.00. (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.117)

February 23, 1870
Andrew Johnston leases to R. Jackson Redden the "Johnson Coal Mine for $1.00 for 99 years. (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.147; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287)

February 23, 1870
Andrew Johnston sells to R. Jackson Redden "Johnson's Coal Mine" for $3,200.00. Jackson agrees to give Johnston the money in return for clear title. Mine is located 2 miles NE of Coalville, along Spring Creek. (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.148; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287)

February 23, 1870
R. Jackson Redden sells to Thomas B. Morris the property known as "Johnson's Coal Mine". (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.149; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.287)

April 13, 1872
John Spriggs sells 1/2 interest in the property known as "John Spriggs Coal Mine" to Isaac C. Bateman and David E. Buel. The coal mine had been worked by John Spriggs for 10 years. Also 1/2 interest in another coal mine known as "The Coke Mine", located 5 miles east of Coalville. Also 1/2 interest in another mine, adjoining the "Spriggs and Kimball Mine", lately belonging to Howard Livingston, located 4 miles east of Coalville. Also 1/2 interest in a coal mine located 1 mile east of "John Spriggs Mine", and within the city limits of Coalville, located 400 yards NE of the Lime Kilns. This 1/2 interest being controlling interest and management control. (Summit County Old Records, Book B, p.265-267; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.288)

October 9, 1872
John Robinson, William Hudson, and Samuel Fletcher, all of Coalville, mortgage to James T. Little, for $1,500.00, the coal mine of Robinson and Company, situated in Spring Hollow, with three openings, 2 miles north of Coalville, on land containing 160 acres. Also included was the "Fletcher Coal Mine" in Grass Creek. Cancelled on 15 July 1878, by order of S. P. Hoyt. (Summit County Old Records, Book C, p.101)

March 20, 1874
United States patented land in the NE-1/4 to Nicholas Gruebeck. (Summit County Old Records, Book D, p.166)

July 7, 1875
Wasatch Coal Mining Company sells to George Nebeker and Paul A. Schettler, both of Salt Lake City, all of Lots 4 and 6, Block 1, Superior Coal Plat, in Spring Hollow, near Chalk Creek, containing 479.6 acres, for $25,000.00. (Summit County Old Records, Book E, p.126; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.290)

November 11, 1875
Union Pacific Railroad, upon delivery of patent from U.S., agrees to deliver deed to George Nebeker and Paul A. Schettler the land in Section 3, T2N, R5E, on which they are occupying and working as coal mines. Purchase price was $10.00 per acre for the 284.54 acres involved. (Summit County Miscellaneous Record, Book I, p.3)

November 11, 1875
Union Pacific Railroad sells to William S. Barton the coal lands located in Section 3, T2N, R5E. (Summit County Old Records, Book M, p.319)

August 16, 1878
Nebeker and Schettler sell, for $1.00, above described property to Wasatch Coal Mining Company. Schettler assigned his rights and interests to Nebeker on same day, for the amount of $1.00. (Summit County Miscellaneous Record, Book I, p.5)

October 15, 1880
Nicholas Gruesbeck and Lewis S. Hills sell to the Home Coal Company land in the NW-1/4, Section 3, T2N, R5E. Purchase price was $30,000.00. (See Book M, p.166)

October 16, 1880
Wasatch Coal Mining Company sells to Home Coal Company coal lands in Section 3, T2N, R5E, as follows. (Summit County Old Records, Book M, p.319)

October 16, 1880
George Crismon sells to Home Coal Company the coal lands in Section 3, T2N, R5E. (Summit County Old Records, Book M, p.319)

Home Coal Company made purchases of the above 240 acres based on an October 4, 1880 agreement with Robert Taylor Burton; at the time of that agreement, R. J. Taylor was President Pro Tem, and F. A. Mitchell was Secretary of the Home Coal Company. (Summit County Old Records, Book M, p.319)

October 19, 1886
William S. Barton sells to Home Coal Company, by agreement for $550.00, the following coal land located in Section 3, T2N, R5E. (Summit County Old Records, Book M, p.319)

Also operating at the time (October 1886) are the Crismon Coal Company and the Wasatch Coal Company.

(Note: Apparently the Home Coal Company went into bankruptcy along with the Utah Eastern Railroad, with Charles Rood and Robert C. Chambers appointed as receivers and/or trustees. They sold the coal lands of the former Home Coal Company to the Weber Coal Company in November 1896.)

November 14, 1896
Charles L. Rood, Trustee, sells by quit claim deed, for 700 shares in coal company, to Weber Coal Company following land in Section 3, T2N, R5E. (Summit County Quit Claim Book B, p.412)

November 14, 1896
Robert C. Chambers, for 700 shares in coal company, sells to Weber Coal Company following land in Section 3, T2N, R5E. (Summit County Quit Claim Deeds, Book B, p.413-414; Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p. 84-85)

September 6, 1917
Weber Coal Company deeds to UPRR 14.5 acres in SW-1/4 of Section 3, T2N, R5E. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.87)

(To be used for the new railroad spur?)

May 1, 1939
Weber Coal Company leased its property to Grass Creek Fuel Company. (Summit County Miscellaneous Records, Book W, p.47)

Coalville City

May 2, 1868
Briant Stringham, of Salt Lake City, sells, for $100.00, Lot 3, Block 18 of Coalville City Plat to Wasatch Coal Mining Company. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.152-153)

Other coal mines

May 8, 1868
Territorial Surveyor certifies possession of Lot 1, Block 1 of Elk Horn Creek Iron Survey, and Lot 1, Block 1 of Eagle Kanyon Iron Survey, to Wasatch Coal Mining Company. (Summit County Abstracts, Book 1, p.285; Summit County Old Records, Book A, p.152-153)

Index Entries

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Railroads

Union Pacific's Park City Branch

Summit County Railroad, 1871-1881

Summit County Railroads -- Information about the railroads in Summit County (Echo to Park City, along with Coalville and Grass Creek Canyon).

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