Osgood Ditch

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Osgood Ditch
Osgood Ditch is located in Oregon
Osgood Ditch
Osgood Ditch is located in the US
Osgood Ditch
Nearest city Cave Junction, Oregon
Coordinates 41°57′59″N 123°37′56″W / 41.96639°N 123.63222°W / 41.96639; -123.63222Coordinates: 41°57′59″N 123°37′56″W / 41.96639°N 123.63222°W / 41.96639; -123.63222
Area 124.4 acres (50.3 ha)
MPS http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/64500518.pdf
NRHP Reference # 01001151[1]
Added to NRHP October 4, 2001

The Osgood Ditch is a 9.2-mile (14.8 km) section of mining ditch located in southern Josephine County, Oregon, and northern Del Norte County, California. The ditch supplied water from the East Fork of the Illinois River to the High Gravel and Cameron mines, two hydraulic mines that conducted placer gold mining operations in the Upper Illinois Valley. The ditch was dug around 1900, at the same time that the High Gravel Mine was built. It took its name from F.H. Osgood, who purchased the mine shortly after its construction and expanded the ditch. When the Cameron Mine began hydraulic operations in the 1910s, the ditch brought water to that mine as well. The ditch was last used in 1942, after which point both mines had shut down.[2]

The ditch was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 4, 2001.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Atwood, Katherine C.; Dr. Ward Tonsfeldt (August 20, 2000). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Osgood Ditch" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved March 25, 2014.  Accompanied by photos.