Great information about the towns water supply history.
Your dad was smart, and he was right about leaving Bodle Ditch alone. Remember how we used to use every inch of the water to irrigate the government pasture on the corner? It was a real wildflower show, and the stock loved it out there, too.
I spent some great mornings every summer walking that ditch and spreading the water.
Then, all of the sudden, it was diverted into Lake Mary and was terminated. Ranger Dean McAllister sold us down the ditch. They liked to say that because the miners built the ditch, it wasn't natural, and therefore not necessary. The truth is the town needed the extra water for its expansion program.
Bodle Ditch had been there so long that it had become part of the ecosystem. I was sad to see it go, because it was a wonderful part of history.
Thanks for these memories of Joe, the Water District and the town.