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Mining Claim Owners in Nye County

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The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 311,342 acres of U.S. public land in Nye County, acquired for as little as $0.84 per acre and held in perpetuity for a yearly rental fee as low as $0.62 an acre. Under a 132-year-old law originally intended to spur development of the West, an industry dominated by a handful of multinational corporations pays no federal royalties, and leaves behind a landscape of dramatically diminished value, scarred with tunnels, pits, and toxic waste piles.

Mining Claim Owners 1-20 of 650: (ranked by acres claimed (low-high))

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  Company/IndividualHeadquartersNumber of ClaimsAcreage ClaimedDate(s) Filed
1 John R Wellborn Amarillo, TX 1 5 1985
2 Betty J Tyree Las Vegas, NV 1 5 1982
3 Audrey Bradbury Pahrump, NV 1 5 1983
4 Donald L Kilpatrick Tonasket, WA 3 15 2003
5 Gold Searchers of So Nevada Inc Las Vegas, NV 1 20 2000
6 J R Wellborn Goldfield, NV 1 20 1996
7 Copper Range Company Sparks, NV 1 21 1985
8 Donald G Younger Ventura, CA 1 21 1973
9 John N Johnson Salt Lake City, UT 1 21 1976
10 Adele Wolovnik San Diego, CA 1 21 1977
11 L R As Taylor East Ely, NV 1 21 1974
12 Carolyn Donohue La Mesa, CA 1 21 1977
13 Joseph Saracino Poway, CA 1 21 1977
14 Luther Jenkins Spring Valley, CA 1 21 1977
15 Edna Jenkins Spring Valley, CA 1 21 1977
16 Sally Byram San Diego, CA 1 21 1977
17 Ronald Byram San Diego, CA 1 21 1977
18 Lucille L Johnson Salt Lake City, UT 1 21 1976
19 Robert L Foster Austin, NV 1 21 1983
20 Ed O Barrington Elko, NV 1 21 1988
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Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.

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