Osceola Ditch Trail
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 39° 01.720 W 114° 16.020
11S E 736578 N 4323512
Quick Description: History information on trailhead sign at Osceola Ditch trailhead in Great Basin National Park.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 3/8/2017 9:02:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMV7ED
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 1

Long Description:
Trailhead sign with history information about the Osceola Ditch at the Osceola Ditch trailhead along Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive in Great Basin National Park.
Marker Title (required): Osceola Ditch Trail

Marker Text (required):
In the dry deserts of the West, water is often referred to as “liquid gold” because it is so scarce. In the town of Osceola, water was the key to gold itself. In the 1880s, a bold plan was made to divert water from Lehman Creek to Osceola, nearly 18 miles away. The water would be used to wash the mountainsides, exposing the gold hidden underneath. The ditch ultimately cost more than it was worth and quickly fell into disrepair. Like the dreams of so many miners, all that is left of the Osceola Ditch are pieces and fragments along the trail.


County (required): White Pine

Marker Type (required): Other (describe below)

Other Marker Type (optional): Fiberglass sign

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): Not Listed

Other Damage Type (optional): Not listed

URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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Volcanoguy visited Osceola Ditch Trail 9/30/2016 Volcanoguy visited it