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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 Audrey Bradbury Pahrump, NV 1 5 1983
3 Betty J Tyree Las Vegas, NV 1 5 1982
4 Donald L Kilpatrick Tonasket, WA 3 15 2003
5 J R Wellborn Goldfield, NV 1 20 1996
6 Gold Searchers of So Nevada Inc Las Vegas, NV 1 20 2000
7 Nevada Goldfield Mining Co Denver, CO 1 21 1989
8 James R Key Beatty, NV 1 21 1994
9 Denalee Sheinbein Beverly Hills, CA 1 21 1980
10 Dr Milton Sheinbein Beverly Hills, CA 1 21 1980
11 Ernie Kinney Fresno, CA 1 21 1994
12 Louann Kinney Fresno, CA 1 21 1994
13 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI 1 21 1979
14 William J Stiffler Fresno, CA 1 21 1994
15 Merlyn Price Fresno, CA 1 21 1994
16 Stuart Pinne Herald, CA 1 21 1994
17 Pauline Otto Batavia, OH 1 21 1978
18 Logical Mining Invest Sherman Oaks, CA 1 21 1995
19 Roy C Taylor Bountiful, UT 1 21 1973
20 Clifford A Kavanaugh Tucson, AZ 1 21 1973
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