The Diggings lists 10,000 mining claim owners by location—240,131 in The United States, 1,049 in Canada, 14 in The United Kingdom, and 12 in United States Virgin Islands. Of the 10,000 owners, 21,400 do not have a country specified in their records and therefore are not included in the table breakdown.
- 10,000 total owners.
- 237,413 private owners.
- 24,045 corporation owners.
- 1,153 unknown owners.
- 47 agency owners.
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Mining Claim News From The Diggings™
Learn more about the Bureau of Land Management, Public Land Survey System, and mining claims.
Understanding Claim Ownership
We receive lots of emails from people who find their name or a relative’s name on our site and want to know if this means they have some right to the land listed under that name.
Understanding BLM Administrative Areas
Whether it is filing a mine or researching one, the administering BLM office is going to be the definitive source.
Understanding Location Data
Mine handled by the Bureau of Land Management are not mapped by latitude and longitude, instead, these mines harken back to the Public Land Survey System.
A “township” can refer to two different things. Both are part of the PLSS measurement system but have different uses.