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    mining claim coordinates

    where can i find all four corner pole coordinates for a claim. iam working pretty close to one corner and that post is missing.the claim is near randsburg calif.
    thank you brad

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    Claims aren't described by coordinates. Claims are described by metes and bounds or aliquot parts. Those are the only legal land descriptions. There is nowhere to find claim corner coordinates in latitude/longitude or UTM.

    IF the claim is a placer claim and IF it is located by aliquot part you can calculate the lat/lon corners from the PLSS (Public Land Survey System). That requires knowledge of the PLSS, an accurate grid and an accurate location notice. It's an essential skill if you intend to be a prospector but it's got a pretty steep learning curve. If the claim locators didn't have a good understanding of those systems it's unlikely their corner posts ended up where they described them anyway.

    This is the same problem prospectors and miners have had for thousands of years. If a prospector could work it out in 1880 or 1542 I'm pretty sure with some effort you can figure it out today. A good place to start would be the Land Matters Tutorials section. There are books articles and videos there to help you get started.

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    Clay what about GPS coordinates to describe claim boundaries ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by et1955 View Post
    Clay what about GPS coordinates to describe claim boundaries ?
    I presume you mean lat/lon or UTM zone coordinates? There is no such thing as "GPS coordinates".

    You can add any reasonable location description to a location notice but the actual legal description of your claim location has to be in either aliquot parts or metes and bounds (legal land description). It was common in the past to include descriptions of permanent physical features to a claim location notice. Something like "600 feet south of the large rock outcrop known as Lover's Leap" is acceptable as long as it is in addition to the required legal land description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1637 View Post
    where can i find all four corner pole coordinates for a claim. iam working pretty close to one corner and that post is missing.the claim is near randsburg calif.
    thank you brad
    Also a placer claim does not have to have corner markers if it is located using a aliquot part. So, there won't be a corner post to find.

    Last two days bushwacking on our new claims.

    Found two different corner markers. Both in places where there weren't corners. When it was previously claimed.

    Kind of wasted work if your not even gonna put them in the right spot.
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