Mining Act of 1872

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The Mining Act of 1872 is U.S. federal legislation which authorizes and governs prospecting and mining for hard rock minerals such as gold and silver. It codifies the system of acquiring mining claims on public land that was formed in California and Nevada in the late 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s, during periods such as the California gold rush.

Subsequent amendents

The acquisition of mining rights on public land in the West is mostly governed by the 1872 act. Subsequent changes to the law include:

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