\mˈa͡ɪnɪŋ dˈɪstɹɪkt], \mˈaɪnɪŋ dˈɪstɹɪkt], \m_ˈaɪ_n_ɪ_ŋ d_ˈɪ_s_t_ɹ_ɪ_k_t]\
Definitions of MINING DISTRICT
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In 1849 the great rush for the mineral belts of the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains occurred. In 1866 there were 500 organized districts in California, 200 in Nevada, 100 each in Arizona, Idaho and Oregon. These districts were created and organized by "all the freemen of the camp," who elected officers and clothed them with authority to enforce the laws they ordained. These laws were, as a rule, obeyed in the strictest sense.
By John Franklin Jameson