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Despain Ditch


AddressHeadgate, W. of Carr St., S. of 74th Ave., Arvada
QuadArvada, 1965 (1994)
SectionS34, T2S, R69W
Elevation6000
SourceArvada Historical Society, "More Than Gold," Frontispiece; "Willit's 1899 Farm Map"; Interview, Walter Weingarten, Irrigationist, April 25, 1990; "History of Westminster, 1911-1961"; State Engineer, "Water Rights Report," 6-1989, p. 383.
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Initialdate1993-02-28 00:00:00-07
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Latestdate2012-11-28 00:00:00-07
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HistoryNow abandoned, this ditch diverted water from Farmer's Highline Canal and ran northeast into Westminster in Adams County. Built by the first resident of Westminster, Pleasant Despain, to supply water to settlers in the area. Records of the State Engineer show water was adjudicated to "Despain Dry Creek Feeder" in October 9, 1895, appropriation date February 22, 1897. This ditch is also shown on 1915 "Map of Denver and Surroundings," by R.W. Gelder, C.E. of Greeley.
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