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Ord Mountain Mining District

On January 23, 1871, an organizational meeting was held at Camp Cady for the purpose of establishing the Ord Mountain Mining District. The officers elected to run the meeting were James Halloran, chairman, and T. J. Cantwell, secretary. Halloran, a lieutenant in the 12th Infantry, was the commander at Camp Cady. It is interesting that in the following month he announced his appointment of "Mr. T. J. Cantwell to the charge of the Government buildings, and reservation of Camp Cady, Cal." Cantwell henceforth used the camp as the headquarters for his mining activities.

At the organizational meeting, boundaries were established in a quadrangle of 40 miles square, and it was decided that there would be two permanent officers, a president and recorder, who would each serve a term of one year. The duties of the recorder would be to keep a record of all claims and the proceedings of each meeting, and to issue certificates of work. He was to be compensated $2.50 for each claim recorded. Also, he was expected to travel to the mines once each year to certify the work, for which he would be paid $5.00 per day.

It was established that each claim would be 200 feet long with an additional 200 feet for discovery, plus another 100 feet allowed on each side for working purposes. One day's work held a claim for the first six months, after which time it was required that one day of labor be done each month, with the recorder being the judge of the work accomplished.

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