- Apr 6, 2004
I've been trying to figure out the purpose of this ditch for a number of years now. I paid a visit to the location this past weekend and came to some conclusions:
The ditch predates the road going through it.
The ditch drained the giant Atsion Creek oxbow into the Batsto Creek.
The ditch was dug for purposes of logging the trees in the oxbow.
The problem is, there isn't nearly enough water today to even get into the ditch. The water level in the oxbow would have to have been at least 2 feet higher than today's average levels in order for the ditch to have been of any use.
I know @Spung-Man is keen to observe that the water table has lowered significantly since historic times. Could the water level in the oxbow have been 2 feet higher or more when the ditch was dug? If so, I imagine they were harvesting maples and not cedars, since the latter don't do well with that much water.