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Irrigation Canals in the Uinta Basin, Knight Ditch, Duchesne, Duchesne County, UT

Irrigation Canals in the Uinta Basin, Knight Ditch, Duchesne, Duchesne County, UT

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Significance: The Knight Ditch is significant in Uinta Basin irrigation history for several reasons. The remaining flumes are excellent examples of canal building technology in the early 20th century. Vandalism and natural forces have destroyed many sections of the flume, leaving behind only traces of its existence. But, in other places, the flumes are still in reasonable conditions. Social and cultural significance is illustrated through these remains by depicting the almost insurmountable obstacles homesteaders tried to overcome to bring water to their dry lands. Finally, the role of Utah entrepreneur and financier Jesse Knight in the development and failure of the Blue Bench Irrigation District, is significant in the history of private investment.
Survey number: HAER UT-30-I
Building/structure dates: 1913-1914 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1959 Subsequent Work

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Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Knight, Jesse
Creer, W O
Fraserdesigns, contractor
Jurale, James, field team
Stalheim, David, field team
Fuller, Craig, field team
Corona, Julie, transmitter
Fraser, Clayton B, photographer
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Duchesne (Utah)40.16329, -110.40293
Google Map of 40.1632913, -110.4029329
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