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Mining Districts Boundary Conflict

On April 25, 1872, the McKenzie Mining District was formed, whose boundaries conflicted with those of the Ord Mountain District. This was probably the same McKenzie District which was established in 1861, and which was simply undergoing a reorganization made necessary by the new mining act of 1872. The district comprised an area of 1,600 square miles, its boundaries forming a square 40 miles to each side commencing at Brown's Ranch on the Mojave River, and thence running north, east, south, and west back to the point of beginning. Twelve miners were listed as attending the organizational meeting, at which James Taggart was elected president, and H. C. Russell, recorder.

The boundaries of the McKenzie District may have been reset; whatever the situation, they overlapped the Ord Mountain Districtís. The conflict was resolved at a joint meeting of the two districts, where it was decided to merge and use the Ord Mountain name. The miners elected Frank McKenney president, and John J. Atkinson, secretary. Captain Lane was in attendance at the meeting.

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