Douglas County

Douglas County China Ditch

China Creek. Douglas County.
China Creek flows westward into Council Creek about 1¼ miles south of Cornutt. The area experienced wide-spread mining activity dating to the late 1800's. Reference: U.S.G.S. quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Nickel Mountain, Oregon, 1986.

China Creek Road. Douglas County.
China Creek Road parallels China Creek south of Cornutt. Its name is taken from China Creek. Reference: “China Creek Road”; U.S.G.S. quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Nickel Mountain, Oregon, 1986.

China Ditch Driving/Walking Loop. Douglas County.
China Ditch extended from the headwaters of Cavitt Creek to North Myrtle Creek. The five foot deep, 30 mile long canal, including a 400 foot tunnel, was intended to bring water for hydraulic mining, irrigation, and to serve as a lumber flume for the town of Myrtle Creek. By 1891, there were as many as 200 Chinese working on the project. The ditch was three miles short of completion when the project ceased operation in 1894. China Ditch is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Reference: “China Ditch History”; U.S.G.S. quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Dixonville, Oregon, 1987; _______. quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Lane Mountain, Oregon, 1998; _______. quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Myrtle Creek, Oregon, 1987.

Clearwater River Chinese Massacre. Douglas County.
The Clearwater River, a 15 mile-long tributary of the North Umpqua River approximately 50 miles east of Roseburg, was the site of the massacre. Approximately 30 Chinese were killed in 1877 by a band of Native Americans. Reference: Penner 1990: 27.

References

“China Creek Road.” MapQuest. http://www.mapquest.com./ Accessed December 15, 2010.

“China Ditch History.” Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. http://www.blm.gov/ Accessed December 12, 2010.

U.S.G.S. Quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Dixonville, Oregon, 1987.

_______. Quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Lane Mountain, Oregon, 1998.

_______. Quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Myrtle Creek, Oregon, 1987.

_______. Quadrangle, 7.5’ series, Nickel Mountain, Oregon, 1986.