Mining Jargon: Ditch
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:46PM
Jo Giessner

Ditch - A long narrow trench or furrow dug in the ground, as for conveying water to another location. The miners used ditches to convey water from creeks, rivers, lakes to get it to where they needed it to work out the gold.

1859, Shasta County Mining Ditches:

ARBUCKLE - 6 miles, worth $10,000, belonged to Howe & Co.

BALD HILL - out of Cottonwood Creek, 8 miles, worth $15,000 belonged to Able & Co.

CEDAR FLAT - out of Cottonwood Creek, 2 1/2 miles worth $3,000. belonged to L. Williams & Co.

CLEAR CREEK - out of Clear Creek, 53 miles, worth $140,000, belonged to Rhodes, Smith & Co.

CLEAR CREEK - out of Clear Creek, 3 miles, worth $4,000, belonged to Wilkinson & Co.

CLEAR CREEK - out of Clear Creek, 2 miles, worth $12,000, belonged to McKinney & Elmore

CLEAR CREEK SOUTH FORK - out of Clear Creek So. Fork, 2 miles worth $10,000 belonged to C. M McKinney & Co.

COTTONWOOD - out of Cottonwood Creek, 8 miles, worth $10,000, belonged to Linn & Wheelock

EAGLE CREEK - out of Eagle Creek, 16 miles, worth $10,000, belonged to Linn & Wheelock

KNOW MUCKET - out of Clear Creek, 4 miles, worth $5,000, belonged to Duffy & Stockton

QUARTZ HILL - out of Churn Creek, 8 miles, worth $4,000, belonged to J. Harrison & Co.

SACRAMENTO - out of Sacramento Creek, 22 miles, worth $25,000 belonged to E. Tierney & Co.

WATSON - 7 1/2 miles, worth $18,000, belonged to Watson & Thurston~

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