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Claim Clubs were started because the early settlers outdistanced the laws of the territories, states and federal government and needed a mechanism for establishing and settling land claim disputes.  They were essentially protective associations created for the purpose of securing a particular tract of land against those who came into the territory later, including organized government.  This allowed the earliest settlers to take possession of public domain lands prior to surveys for public sale.  The El Paso Claim Club was organized in 1859 and this book provides one of the earliest known records of land claims in the Pikes Peak region. The original Claim Club ledger is held at the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office. A microfilmed copy is available at Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. A typed manuscript is located at Special Collections, Colorado College.

 
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