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Churches Ditch


AddressUnder Ralston Reservoir, Golden
QuadGolden, 1965 (1994)
SectionS4&32, T2S, R69W
Elevation6000
SourceArapahoe District Court, Div. II Proceedings, Oct. 4, 1884; Arvada Historical Society, "More Than Gold," pp. 23-24; "Water Priorities in District 7," courtesy of William Elliott.
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Initialdate1993-02-28 00:00:00-07
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Latestdate1996-07-25 00:00:00-06
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HistoryThis ditch was in Water District #7 (Priorities #16, 5-31-1868 and #19, 5-20-1873). Claimant in 1884 was John Churches. The area where the ditch originated, from south bank of Ralston Creek, is now under Ralston Reservoir. John Churches owned lands North and East of North Table Mountain and built this ditch to benefit those properties.
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