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Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Humboldt Canal

 
 
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By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
1. The Humboldt Canal Marker
Inscription. The Humboldt Canal, sometimes termed the Old French Canal, coursed southwestward from Preble, near Golconda, toward Mill City. The present highway crossed it at this point, from whence it ran southerly toward the Humboldt County Courthouse on Bridge and West Fifth Streets.

The canal was conceived in 1862 by A. Gintz and Joseph Ginaca. The waterway with a projected cost of $160,000 was to be sixty-six miles long, fifteen feet wide and three feet deep, and with a fall of thirty-five feet. Its primary purpose was to supply water for over forty stamp mills planned at and above Mill City, but it was also designed for barge traffic and some irrigation water supply.

Construction of the canal began in 1863. Louis Lay, a French emigrant from California, sub-contracted the first segment. Winnemucca city founder Frank Baud, another Frenchman, came on the project as a teamster.

About $100,000, largely French capital, was expended in building the Humboldt Canal to the Winnemucca area. Because of engineering errors and severe seepage problems between Winnemucca and Mill city, that section was never finally completed or used.

Several portions of the old canal are stil visible in the Golconda area, in various sections of Winnemucca, and at Rose Creek, south of the city.
 
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The Humboldt Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
2. The Humboldt Canal Marker
Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Location. 40° 58.926′ N, 117° 43.601′ W. Marker is in Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt County. Marker is on E. 2nd Street (Nevada Route 289) south of See Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winnemucca NV 89445, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winneva Building (approx. mile away); Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch Bank Robbery (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Humboldt Canal (approx. mile away); Winnemucca World War I American Legion Honor Roll (approx. mile away); Winnemucca to the Sea Highway (approx. 0.8 miles away); California Trail - Trading Post (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Marker (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pioneer Memorial Park (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winnemucca.
 
Also see . . .  Humboldt Canal Map. From the website of the Humboldt Museum. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Humboldt Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
3. The Humboldt Canal Marker
As viewed from across E. 2nd Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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