1877 - An Explosive Time In History
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N 44° 26.246 W 118° 10.969
11T E 405868 N 4921139
History Sign about the Eldorado Ditch at Unity, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WM2GHC
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This sign is located on Hwy. 26 at the city park in Unity, Oregon

Marker Name: 1877 - An Explosive Time In History
Marker Text: ”Those dad-blasted ranchers done blowed up the trestlel”
Getting water from fire...
Baker county ranchers who needed water were furious when Malheur County miners diverted it for their own use. A few sticks of lighted dynamite was all it took to free up the precious resource.

The fight for water became serious as guns and dynamite got involved. The miners had built a ditch, flume and trestle to carry the water to the mines. The immense ditch meandered from the mountains, traveling over 100 miles. This was the Eldorado Ditch and it was attacked several times; blown up one time and burned another. Armed guards stood watch over the trestle day and night, but clever ranchers attacked from afar. Hiding upstream, they floated sticks of dynamite down the water with fuses timed precisely to blow up as they reached the trestle. The guards stood unaware of the danger until it was too late.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Baker

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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