The Diggings lists 9,069 mining claim owners in Montana—519 in Butte, 487 in Billings, 326 in Dillon, and 288 in Bozeman. Of the 9,069 owners, 23 do not have a city specified in their records and therefore are not included in the table breakdown.
- 9,069 total owners.
- 8,354 private owners.
- 708 corporation owners.
- 5 unknown owners.
- 2 agency owners.
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.