Just a placeholder until I can hike up and get some better documentation of the D above Duchesne, Utah.
See also, my collection of hillside/mountainside letters and words.
Mirror Lake is a lake in the high Uinta Mountains in Utah. It is a popular fishing and recreation spot. The lake contains three species of trout: rainbow, brook, and tiger. The lake has a Forest Service campground, picnic facilities, and a boat ramp for non-motorized watercraft. Access to the lake is by the Mirror Lake Highway, which is only open during the summer (other than by snowmobile).
Along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway.
What is it?
The Duchesne Tunnel is a six-mile long 10-foot diameter concrete-lined horseshoe-shaped rock tunnel that runs from the Duchesne Diversion through the Uinta Mountains to the Provo River.
Why was it built?
The Provo River Project and the Association have water rights in the Duchesne River and Little Deer Creek, and the Duchesne Tunnel was built to convey that water from the Duchesne River to the Provo River. Much of the water eventually is stored in Deer Creek Reservoir where it is made available to the Association’s shareholders.
When was it built?
Construction on the Duchesne Tunnel began in 1948, but was halted in 1951 at the outbreak of the Korean War. It resumed in 1953 and was completed in 1954. One team of workers started construction at the proposed inlet of the tunnel, and at the same time another team started at the proposed outlet, planning to meet in the middle. It has been reported that with only transits and slide rules, engineers were so accurate in their surveying that when the two ends met they were only inches off. The tunnel is so straight that one can peer inside and see the other end, six miles away!
How big is it?
The Duchesne Tunnel is six miles long and 10 feet in diameter. It has a capacity of 630 cfs. The highest flows in the Tunnel are during the spring runoff.
What is the Association’s responsibility?
It is the Association’s responsibility to keep the Tunnel clear and running freely in order to divert water to the Provo River, and to maintain the associated machinery and structures.(*)
EARLY DUCHESNE SETTLEMENT
Explorers, trappers and traders, were here before Brigham Young sent a group in 1861 to prepare the way for Mormon colonization, but in October 1861 the U.S. government set apart Uintah Valley for an Indian Reservation. In 1905 a portion was opened for white settlement. June 6, 1905, A.M. Murdick, Daughter Dora, and Sugoosie Jack (Indian) with 52 men organized a town called Dora, later Theodore, then Duchesne. This bell was used for school, church, curfew, and as fire alarm for many years
Check out all of the historic markers placed by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers at JacobBarlow. com/dup
In commemoration of the Catholic priest,
Father Escalante, who in 1776 came into Utah.
He crossed the Green River at Jensen and
camped two days at that place. His diary
shows that he camped at the junction of the
Strawberry and Duchesne Rivers one night
and then travelled northwest, up through
what he called “The Canyon of the Swallows.”
This is the canyon in which Ivie’s Ranch is
now located. This became an important intersection in
pioneer days, as distances were reckoned
from this point.
Check out all of the historic markers placed by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers at JacobBarlow.com/dup