Land Cruising - Prospecting:
Introduction To Land Cruising
Land Cruising And Prospecting
Examining And Locating
Points For Homesteaders
Prospecting For Gold, Etc.
How To Locate A Claim
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How To Locate A Claim
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
If you think a claim worth locating and I would say here not to locate every little thing you find, uncover as much of your vein as possible and file two claims. Start from the center of your outcrop and with a tape line measure 1500 feet each way and 300 feet each side and no other way. Be careful about this as it may save you a lot of money for lawyers' fees. (An ore claim is 1500 feet long and 600 feet wide). Make your monuments the same as for section corners if you can, out of stone or earth or trees, and along your 300 foot lines each side of your outcrop make smaller monuments and your lines must run straight as per the following illustration. Now write a notice, giving your name, state, county and the mining district, also the name of adjoining claims, date of discovery, township and range if you can possibly, names of witnesses and reference to adjoining objects and nail it to a post on each claim.
The better way is to put your notice in a tin can, if one can be got, and nail this to your post bottom side up in order to keep out the weather. In locating placer claims the United States allows you 20 acres if unsurveyed and 10 acres if surveyed land, and locate it the same as your vein. Take a copy of your notice to the nearest land office in that district or assay office and have it recorded.
Bear in mind you must do $100 worth or work on each of your claims within one year from January 1st or the Jan. 1st after you record your claim, and it is always best to have a witness to this work. Keep your boundary ?narks up and in good order, also your notices. Some mining camps have local laws which are all right so long as they do not conflict with the United States mining laws. It is a good plan to get a copy of these laws from a book seller or the land office where you record your claim, al-though there is little claim jumping these days it is well to be posted, as sometimes men we think honest prove dishonest. As an old Hudson Bay man said to me once, they are all good fellows, but keep your eye on them, and I will add, sometimes both eyes, and the worst crooks are sometimes found in the highest places.