Church Ditch


Address: Clear Creek Canyon, W. of Golden

Located in Water District #7 and under Priority #40, 2-18-1865 and #62, 11-18-1877, this ditch diverts water from the north bank of Clear Creek. Claimants in 1884 were the Golden City and Ralston Creek Ditch Co. By 1936 adjudication, the claimant was the Golden, Ralston Creek and Church Ditch Co. They also divert water from Ralston Creek. This ruling was for a fourth enlargement commenced on 3-16-1886, length approximately 26 miles and irrigating approximately 50,000 acres of land. It was named for George Henry Church, who leased it in October 1877 for 49 years and probably had a hand in the improvements and extensions to the area of his ranch on present day North Wadsworth Boulevard.
Quad Map/Date: Golden, 1939 (1965)
Sec/Town/Range: S32, T3S, R70W
Elevation: 5700
Source: Arapahoe County Dist. Court Div. II, Oct. 4, 1884; Denver Dist. Court Div. II #60052, May 13, 1936; Arvada Historical Society, "Waters of Gold," p. 6; "Water Priorities in District 7 - courtesy of William Elliott, Water Commissioner" list.
See Also: Church's Stage Stop; Church Ranch and Farm, Church Ranch Road.
Last Modified: Thu, April 25 1996
 


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