How To Stake A Mining Claim


Generally, staking a mining claim includes
(1) erecting corner posts or monuments and
(2) posting a notice of location on a post or monument in a conspicuous place.

The conspicuous place on the claim is usually the point of discovery. Several States also require side-line or end-line posts or monuments for claims. Claims and sites described by legal subdivision in some States do not require the erection of corner monuments.

Mining Claim Monuments and PostsHowever, all claims and sites must have a location (sites) or discovery (claims) monument.

Be sure to check what the law requires in the State where the claims and sites are to be located.

For a specific tract of land, check the official land records at the BLM State or District Office responsible for administering the land area. Rather than looking, randomly through the records for lands open to location, it is better to restrict your search to a general area of interest.

Topographic map(s) of the area (published by the U.S. Geological Survey) provide the legal description (meridian, township, range, section, lot) of such lands.

Visit the local BLM office or the BLM State Office and check maps, the BLM Master Title Plats, mining claim records, and files.

Ultimately, it is up to the locator to determine if there are prior existing claims on the ground.

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*This article was taken from a public online brochure found on the BLM website

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