March 8th, 2012 6-8:30 PM at the Jacksonville Library

Have you ever heard about, or visited the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail?

Have you wondered about how the Ditch was built – dug by hand by 400 or so workers in less than a year in 1877?

What did it really take to dig a 26 mile long ditch, how was it operated, how much did it cost, what exactly was a Ditch rider’s job, and how did they use the water for mining at the Sterling Mine?

If you’re curious about this historic feature that is a legacy of our region’s mining past, or if you have stories or know anyone who has stories or experiences to share about it, come join us on March 8th!

The Siskiyou Upland Trail Association (SUTA) is sponsoring a Sterling Mine Ditch history night to share and gather stories and information about the Ditch, and we invite anyone interested in learning more to join us. Lisa Brennan, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cultural Resources Specialist, and Chant Thomas, a long-time local resident who has extensive knowledge of the area will be there to share information, artifacts, stories, and photos of the ditch and the mining it supported. We hope that other local residents who have stories about the Ditch, Sterling mine, or life in the Applegate during the mining days can come and share their stories so we can enrich our knowledge of our region’s history.


  1. Hi Ed,
    I, on behalf of the SUTA board, we apologize for the mix up in time. We could not forcast how many people would show up, since this was the first event like this that we’ve hosted. The plan is to have another, in a larger venue, lesson learned this time! Please know we were sad to send people away, and appreciated your coming out very much. -Webmaster

  2. I (and dozens of others) were very disappointed to show up at the Jacksonville library just before 6:30 this evening, only to discover that, not only was the Mail Tribune incorrect in stating the meeting started at 6:30, but the meeting room was so small that there was standing room only, and we were all being turned away at the door. Others agree with me that we hope this event is produced again in the near future.
    Ed Snyder
    5744 Sterling Creek Road

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