Smith Lake map, ditch & lake.

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Record 817/1210
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Collection McCord
Date of photo 1907
Description Smith Lake map, ditch & lake. p. 10. Map also shows proposed route of the Baker City - Eagle Valley Railroad, which was never built. The project was built by Baker Irrigation Company 1905-1907.
Article in Morning Democrat, 12-24-1905:
"For the past thirty days between 50 and 60 men employed under different foremen and taking their directions from Engineer C. M. Foster, who has charge of the construction of the irrigation canal of Smith and Marriner, have been making the dirt fly from a point about eight miles southwest of Baker on Powder river, and now the general public can have some conception of the magnitude of this enterprise. The ditch taps the Powder river at the canyon near Shaw’s ranch about one mile east of Sallisbury station on the Sumpter Valley railroad. For the entire length to Sutton creek just south of the city the surface portion has been cut out, save in places where blasting is necessary and at these points crews are now engaged in that work. This ditch will have an eight foot bottom, be 12 feet on the top and three feet in depth. There is 175 feet of flume only crossing a gulch opposite the Bowen ranch. To cross Sutton creek about 500 feet of four-foot pipe has been laid. Work is now under way on a six hundred foot tunnel running through the hill north of the cemetery. Double shifts are working from both ends on this tunnel which will be six feet high and have a bottom width of five feet. Where it is necessary timbering will be done. At the present time both openings are between 75 and 80 feet in the ground. "
Object ID 1981.1.2163
Place Baker City, east
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