Rattlesnake Placer Claim File 10386, 1912-1922  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
United States. Surveyor General of Montana
Title
Rattlesnake Placer Claim File 10386
Dates
1912-1922
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0178, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Rattlesnake Placer Claim File 10386 contains all the documentation for Benjamin F. Otten's petition for mineral rights on the Rattlesnake Placer Claim in 1922. Papers include the survey petitions, legal descriptions, survey maps, and other official forms submitted and approved by the Surveyor General's office.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The United States Department of the Interior has been charged with regulating the public lands of the nation since its infancy. Part of the responsibilities of the office have been carried out by the office of Surveyor General in various states including Montana. The office was held by appointees of the President, and in 1922 Gillman Bullard was the Montana official. Part of Gillman's work involved coordinating the activities of the subordinate office of the U.S. Mineral Surveyor. Those citizens interested in staking claims for mining activities on public lands were required to file their paperwork with the Surveyor, who would in turn forward his recommendation to the Surveyor General for approval.

In 1912, Benjamin F. Otten discovered gold bearing deposits in the unorganized Greenhorn Mining District of Lewis and Clark County, Montana. He initially filed his location papers with state offices and, in 1922, requested an official survey to formalize his claim with the federal government. The mineral surveyor for Montana, Albert S. Hovey, performed the necessary reconnaissance of the claim and filed the papers with the Surveyor General's office in March 1922. The claim's location, assigned survey number 10386, was accepted by the Department of the Interior the following month.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This case file contains all the documentation for Otten's petition for mineral rights on the Rattlesnake Placer Claim. Papers include the survey petitions, legal descriptions, survey maps, and other official forms submitted and approved by the Surveyor General's office.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Gold miners-Montana-Lewis and Clark County
  • Mineral lands-Montana-Lewis and Clark County
  • Mining claims-Montana-Lewis and Clark County
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Hovey, Albert S.-(Albert Simeon),-1850-1936 (creator)
    • Otten, Benjamin F. (creator)