from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the regions of the United States on the Pacific coast, a notification posted by a miner or other settler upon a piece of public land, declaring his occupancy or intended occupancy thereof.


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  • Some passing miners were astonished to behold the ground glittering with gold; they appropriated it, but dared not molest the deposit until the expiration of the thirty-day claim-notice posted by Jim Gillis.

    Mark Twain

  • Two strangers came along and, observing it, had sat down to wait until the thirty-day claim-notice posted by Jim Gillis should expire.

    Complete Letters of Mark Twain


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  • I encountered claim-notices all the time in the open badlands south of Price, Utah. They consisted of a stout piece of rebar hammered into the ground with the notice folded and stuffed into a plastic pill jar that was itself wired to the bar.

    The Cretaceous Morrison Formation there had rich deposits of dinosaur bone and fossil wood that lapidarists and rock-hounds combed the countryside for. The porous sandstone stream deposits also were where uranium minerals collected in quantity. I never determined whether the claims were for the fossils or the uranium, and I never did anything to get myself shot at.

    January 4, 2012