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Sanford Kenyon

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Sanford Kenyon is one of 92,125 beneficiaries of a 132-year-old federal mining law that gives away precious metals, minerals, and even the title to the land itself for less than $10 an acre. Sanford Kenyon owns the minerals under an estimated 140 acres of claimed land giving Sanford Kenyon more total land holdings (claims and patents) than 75.2% of all other mining interests.


Box 212
West Point, CA 95255

Partners Include

Clara Pumphrey, Albert Brazil, Eugene Pumphrey, Jay Beirn, Mark Pumphrey, Richard Ayanian

Information on subsidiaries and parent companies shown here represents our best estimate of corporate structure at the time of this website release, and are drawn from various publicly available sources. Please report any noted omissions and errors to EWG with a credible source or citation. Thank you.

Overview of Ownership

 ClaimsPatentsMining Plans & Notices
Number1 0 0
Estimated Acreage140 0 0

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.


Like all U.S. claimholders, Sanford Kenyon acquired ownership of precious metals and minerals on U.S. public land for about $2 per acre, and maintains possession of the claim with a small per-acre fee, typically $5 each year. Sanford Kenyon pays no royalties to the federal government for metals and minerals mined from this land.

For Sanford Kenyon:

Claims by State.

StateNumber of ClaimsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
California 11401994
U.S. Total 11401994

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Source: EWG analysis of Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Records 2000 (LR2000) data system. For claims, acreages are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claims. For patents, acreages are taken directly from the LR2000 database where available, and are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claim that preceded the patent where acreages are not noted in LR2000. All notices are assumed to be five acres in size, and the size of plans are calculated directly as the size of the land represented by the legal land description in the LR2000 database. The acreages we estimate through these methods would tend to overestimate the actual amount. We welcome corrections here, and would welcome a federal data management system that included the acreages involved in these important federal land transactions.