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The Railroad Right of Way (#1) was granted in 1881 and the Road Right of Way (#2)was granted in 1910. Since then, the land on both sides has been sold to others and those owners created subdivisions offsetting both Rights of Way (#1 & #2) that are contiguous to each other. I understand that the offset lot owner (called "A") is the owner of the minerals under the Road ROW (#2) next to their lot - up to the middle of the ROW(call this half 2A). Then the other offset lot owner (caled B) on the other side of both ROWs next to the Railroad ROW (#1) owns the minerals under that ROW to the middle of the ROW (call this half 1B). But who owns the minerals under the other halves of the ROWs that are next to each other (called 2C & 1D)? Unless the Strip & Gore Doctrine allows the offset lot owner (B) to own all the minerals on the entire Railroad ROW(#1) and lot owner (A) to own all of the minerals on the entire Road ROW (#2) ??
Your thoughts, please