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The following collection of district mining laws has been transcribed with great care in order to present accurate copies of the original records, with their multiform errors of grammatical construction, spelling, punctuation, &c. In most instances the transcripts are certified by the district or county recorders, and the accuracy of the remainder is attested by the special agents of the Census who made the collection. By the rigid exactuess of the reproduction, the value of this record for the purpose of citation or reference is evidently enhanced, while the crude and defective character of these rudely framed codes is shown forth in a more natural and vivid light.
LOCAL MINING LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
YUMA COUNTY.-CASTLE DOME MINING DISTRICT.
At a meeting held at La Paz on the 8th of December 1862 by persons claiming interests in mineral veins near the Castle Dome range of mts Col Snively was requested to act as Chairman and H Ehrenberg as Secretary of the meeting and the following resolutions were adopted.
That the District wherein said veins are situated be called the Castle Dome District and be bounded as follows Beginning at tho Peak known as Castle Dom-Thence 10 miles south-Thence East 10 miles—Thence north 10 miles-Thenco West 10 miles to the starting poiot.
2 That a mining claim in this District shall be 100 yards along said vein including all the angles spurrs &c belonging thereto3 That the Discoverer or Discoverers of a vein shall be entitled to 100 yds extra on cach & erery vein discovered by him or them.
4. That in taking possession of claims tho shall be clearly detined by conspicuous stakes or nionmts of rock with the names of persons claiming.
6. That 100 yards on cach side of the vein where not conflicting with prior rights shall be considered part of tho claim, and shall belong to the same, with any and erery substance or thing found within these bounds on or below the surfaco.
6. That all claims shall bo recorded within 10 days after claiming them
7. That all claims thus recorded shall be properly describeıl in their boundaries, and their relative position, as bearing and distances (where practicable) to any natural or artificial object stated.
8. That in consideration of tho want of mining implemeuts and material in this section at present, the time for commencing operations on the claims is fixed to 15 March 1863.
9. That on and after that dato all claims located shall be worked within 30 days. 10. That all claims shall be worked in good faith for at least 4 days in each month.
11. That companies holding various claims on the saine vein shall not be obliged to work all of them soveraly, but that the working of any one of their claims in accordance with article 10 shall be sufficient evidence of good faith and ownership of the parties claiming.
12. No claims shall be considdered abandoned or forfeited for suspension of work for want of water or on account of war with Indians or any other unavoidable circumstance or obstacle.
13. A Recorder shall be elected for the District who shall record the different claims, as presented in a book kept for that purpose and he shall give certified copies thereof,
14. The fee of Recording shall be One Dollar for each claim, and no records of claiins shall be made uuless a specimen of the oro, coming from said claim shall accompany the statement to be recorded, which specimen shall be properly marked and preserved by the Recorder to serve as evidence in case of dispute hereafter.
15. The Recorder to be elected hereafter shall for the present keop his oflice in the town of La Paz Arizona 16 Herman Ehrenberg is hereby chosen Recorder for Castle Dom District.
17 Any five miners holding claims in this District shall have a right to call a general meeting of the miners interested in claims there, for the purpose of revising tho mining laws, the clection of Recorder or for any other purposo referring to the general interest of the District.
18 Any such meeting as mentioned in article 17 shall only be considdcred legal by having 2 notices thereof posted within tho bounds of said district, and one at the Recorders offico for at least 14 days previously.
J. SNIVELY Chairman II. EHRENBERG Secretary.
At a meeting of the miners of Castle Dome District, held at La Paz the 14th day of September 1863—
The object of the meeting having been stated by the chairman, to uit—the propriety of suspending work in Castle Dome District for a period, it was resolred and adopted by the meeting
" That all labor necessary to hold possession of claims in said district be suspended until the 1st day of November proximo~" Whereupon the meeting adjourned "sine die " La Paz 14th September A. D. 1863
J. SNIVELY Chairman C. H. BRIXLEY Secretary
Notice. A moeting of the miners will be held in this Town on Monday the 14th instant at 6 p. m. at the office of the Recorder, to take into consideration the propriety of a further suspension of the mining regulations which spire by limitation on the 15th inst.
Mining District of La Paz territory of Arizona
T. H. BILDURRAIN Recorder
C. H. BRINLEY Deputy Pursuant to the tenor of the above (which is copy of the Notice for a mivers meeting) the miners of this District met at the appointed time and place and on motion Col. J Snively was called to the chair, and Mr. C. H. Bripley appointed secretary of the meeting
Whereupon the inceting was called to order by the chairman, and the secretary was instructed to read the regulations concerning the suspension of work on mining claims as adopted by the meeting held in La Paz on the 11th day of April last past. The same having been read by the secretary, the following resolutions were offered and adopted.
1st That on or before the 15th day of October next ensuing it shall be incumbent upon all claimants to mining ground situated in this district to sink a hole on each company lead or lode of five feet in depth; and in default thereof, all said claims will be liable to forfeiture and re-location.
22 Tbat all claimants to mining ground in this district shall elect and stake off their claims on or before the 15th day of October bext ensuing
3d That the foregoing resolutions shall in no wise be construed as effecting claims which hare already been worked in conformity to the mining laws of this District
4th That Mr. C. H. Brinley retain in his possession the records of this District until the successor of the present incumbent bo clectedWhereupon the meeting adjourned
J. SNIVELY Chairman C. H. BRINLEY Secretary LA PAZ 14th September A. D. 1863
NOVEMBER 1st 1863. Miners meeting pursuant to notico On motion Cal. Snively was called to the chair. On motion Geo. W Leigh was appointed secretary. On motion a committee of three was appointed by the chair to Draft laws for the District. The chair appointed James Porter Thomas Bidwell & Dr. Rogers said committee. On motion the meeting adjourned for one hour to give the committee time to prepare their report.
Sec. 1st That a mining claim in the District shall be threo hundred feet aloug the vein inelnding all the dips angles & spurs, and also fifty feet on cach side of the Lode or vein, and all metals therein contained
Sec. 2. That the discoverer or discoverers shall be entitled to an extra claim of three hundred feet-
Sec. 4th That all persons holding claims which are duly located as described in section third, to have the same recorded by the Recorder of this District within thirty days, upon failing to comply, his claim shall be deemed vacant and suliject to location by any other party. And the recorders fces shall be Two dollars and fifty cents for recording each notice. When said notice shall not contain more than tive names, each additional name above that number shall be charged twenty fivo cents.
Sect. 5th It shall also be the duty of the claimants, or one of them to siuk or cause to be sunk a shaft or cut a tunnel at least tive fect within the period of six months from date of record, which shall entitle the owners thereof in full possession for twelve mouths.
Section 6th That all the laws conflictivg with foregoing are hereby repealed.
Sect. 7th That a Recorder for the District bo elected on this day, and hereafter, on the first Jouday in November, annually, and the Recorder shall hold his office and have Books of Record in this district and he shall have power to appoint a competent Deputy, and bis Books shall at all business hours bo open for inspection in the presence of the Recorder or his Deputy, aud all stationary and other expenses pertaining to the office shall be borne by the said Recorder. And at the end of his term, or in case of resignation, he shall deliver at once to his successor all papers books &c of whatsoever nature pertaining to said Recorders ofice. All deeds for mining claim in this District shall be recorded in the books of Record for the sum of two dollars and fifty cents each.
Sec. 7th That all extensions taken shall be as distinctly marked and boundaries as clearly defined as in the original location, aud shall be governed & held only by the same laws and regulations as are applied to all other claims.
On motion Col. J. Snively was nominated for Recorder and was unanimously elected.
J. SNIVELY Chairman GEO. W LEIHY Secretary
CASTLE DOME DISTRICT MINING LAWS
In accordance with the previous notices posted at La Paz aud Arizona City, we the miners of Castle Domo District held a miners meeting at Castle Dome City on Saturday the 20 day of November 1867 at 12 o'clock m.
Mr. Bidwell called the meeting to order and nominated Mr. Lindsay as President. Mr. Lindsay was declared elected & Mr. Bidwell was declared elected Secretary.
On motion a committee of three was appointed by the chair composed of T. H. Rhea, C. Rogers and T. P. Laird to report a set of laws for the government of the District, who report as follows:
W bercas, all laws & regulations heretofore made and providing for the location and regulation of mines and mineral deposits in the mining district of Castle Dome bare ceased by default, and
Whereas, the laws of the United States and that of the territory of Arizona empowers the miners of their respective Districts to make all rules and regulations for the location of mines
liesolred 1st That the District shall be known as "Castle Dome” and bounded as follows-Commencing at the mouth of the Yuma Wash on the Colorado River, and thence in a direct line to the peak known as the Castle Dome & thence in a South easterly course to ibe Gila River, theuce along said River to its confluence with the Colorado River thence along the main channel of the Colorado to point of beginping
Resolred 2nd That Two hundreed feet shall constitute a claim, running with the Ledge or Lode and one hundred feet on each sido with all dips spurs & angles of said Ledge or Lode-
Resolred 3rd Where parties owuing mining claims have complied with section 25 of chapter 50 Howell Code & sunk a shaft ten feet deep ca said mines are hereby declared valid and not subject to relocation. And all mining claims that have not complied with said noction are hereby declared abandoned and subject to relocation.
Resolved 4th All Locations made in pursuance to this Law shall be made by the parties making the same by building a monument of substantial material on the Lode or vein & placing a notice on some conspicuous place in said monument with the names of the Locators & the number of feet claimed by then
Piesolreil 5th That 30 (thirty) days shall be allowed to record all Locations made in this District.
Resolred 6th That Peter Dall County Recorder is hereby declared ex. Oficio Recorder of this District and shall hold his office for ono year
Resolred 7th That upon application of three winers interested in this District by petition to the Recorder he shall call a meeting of the ininers of said District by posting notices at three different places within the County of Yuma giving at least ten days notice and said meeting shall be held within the limits of this District The Recorder may deputize some person to act instead at said meeting, and ho shall call an anual meeting for the transaction of all business of said District. Parties may transmit their notices to the Recorder with the fees and the Recorder shall file them at once-The Recorder shall not be compelled to make any Record without his fees in advance
Resolved Rth The Recorder shall receive the following fees: Fifty cents for each name on a notice and twenty five cents for each certificate of location ; fees in currency.
Resolced 9th That a shaft at least ten feet deep shall be sunk within twelve months from the date of the location.
Resolved 10th All Locatious made subsequent to the passage of an act of Congress of the United States for the Government of Mineral Laws and in conflict with said act is hereby declared abandoned and subject to re location.
Those Preables and resolutions reported by the committee for the government of this District which was waninously adoptedOn motion the meeting adjourned
OLIVER LINDSAY President Attest:
THOS T. BIDWELL Secretary Recorded at La Paz Yuma County this eleventh day of November 1867
PETER DALL Recorder
"VINERS MEETING” HELD AT CASTLE DONE YUNA COUNTY ARIZONA TERRITORY JULY 17th 1871.
Pursuant to notice posted according to law calling a meeting of all parties interested and working as muers in the Castle Doine Range Yuma County Arizona Tery. to be held on the evening of Monday the 17th day of July A. D. 1871 at which time the following named miners met together in the cabin of the “ Castle Dome mine" Wm Scriver, Nick Gunther, Neal Johnson, John Wreno, Jos Ruth, Wm Conray, Geo. Wilson, John T. Voison, Joby McWade Abe Hoagland, John Boland, Danl Johnson and Wm P. Miller.
The meeting was called to order at 8 p. m. & the following named parties were duly elected Officers of the mecting-Abe Hoagland as Chairman and Wm P. Miller as Secretary
After a statement of the object of the meeting by the chairman upon agreement of all parties the following were adopted article by article by the miners present as a code of laws for defining working & regulating of all Irde & ledge claims & locations of said District.
CASTLE DONE VINING LAWS.
JURISDICTIOX. ARTICLE I The jurisdiction of the following laws shall extend orer all lode, ledge & vein mines and mining property within the following described and bounded District. Comniencing at a point known and being the centre of the “Castle Dome Mine“ on the ** Buckeye" lode in the Castle Dome Mining Range, and running from said point North Ten (10) miles. South Ten (10) miles, and all bines withio said boundary shall be known as being in the "Castle Dome” Mining District.
DIMENSIONS OF CLAINS ANTIC LE II Any person shall be entitled to locate on any ledge or lode that is open to location by discovery or other wise, one claim of Two Hundred feet with an alditional claim of Two Hundred feet for discorery, & for each and every individual name located on samo