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Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mining Ditches

 
 
Mining Ditches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 29, 2009
1. Mining Ditches Marker
Inscription. Mining ditches were dug by ditch companies to carry vast amounts of water needed for placer mining. Thousands of miles of ditches and flumes were built in the gold country; some brought immense profits to their owners. As mining declined in the 1860s, the same ditches were used for irrigating orchards, vineyards and pastures in the foothills. This ditch is seven miles long, and now carries irrigation water to local farmers. The hillside terraces you see here were used to grow fruit trees and grape vines. Some of them were dug by James Marshall.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Location. 38° 47.826′ N, 120° 53.57′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Marshall Parkway, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This section of Marshall Parkway is a one-way narrow road and, by car, may only be accessed from the James Marshall Monument Parking Area. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cabin of James Marshall (a few steps from this marker); Saint Johnís Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); 200th Anniversary of James W. Marshall's Birth
Mining Ditches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 29, 2009
2. Mining Ditches Marker
The ditch can be seen to the right of the marker.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emmanuel Church (about 500 feet away); James W. Marshall (about 500 feet away); El Dorado County Jails (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sutter Mill Cemetery – 1848 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Coloma.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located next to the Marshall Cabin within the boundaries of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAgricultureBridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNatural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers
 
A Mining Ditch image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 39/2009
3. A Mining Ditch
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,420 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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