The Diggings lists 10,000 mining claim owners in Washington—148 in Bellingham, 127 in Bellevue, 106 in Clarkston, and 105 in Colville. Of the 10,000 owners, 6 do not have a city specified in their records and therefore are not included in the table breakdown.
- 10,000 total owners.
- 9,566 private owners.
- 1,005 corporation owners.
- 16 unknown owners.
- 3 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.