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TIMELINE: History of land dispute between Cliven Bundy and the BLM

Part 2: Nevada territory expands, Arizona & New Mexico territories created

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Updated: 4/23 10:09 am

February 24, 1863Congress creates Arizona Territory, splitting if off from the New Mexico Territory. The tip of what is now Southern Nevada was in the New Mexico Territory. 
October 31, 1864Nevada Territory is admitted to the Union as the 36th state. The original state boundaries do not include current Clark County.
1865Brigham Young sends 45 church members to settle the Muddy Mission along the Virgin and Muddy rivers in what is now Clark County. Among settlements were St. Thomas, Bunkerville and Mesquite.
May 5, 1866Nevada’s eastern boundary is moved farther east, taking more land from the Utah Territory.
January 18, 1867Congress transfers the northwestern corner of the Arizona Territory to Nevada, including what is now Clark County.

Conflicts between the federal and Utah territorial governments keep the issue of land ownership on hold until 1868. Meanwhile, Congress carves away large portions of the Utah Territory, adding them to neighboring territories and states, including Nevada and New Mexico.
1869The government establishes the first General Land Office in Salt Lake City to begin selling lands in the public domain. After an individual completes the requirements for a land entry, his case file is sent to Washington, D.C. This office confirms everything is in order and issues a patent (official land title) transferring the rights of land ownership from the government to the person.
January 4, 1896Congress admits Utah as the 45th state.

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