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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 12, 1882

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Looking out on Eagle Lake from the ridge above the first Tunnel Bay around 1890.

The Big Pipe Down
April 12, 1882

Walker & Merritt’s big pipe across Willow Creek, near Susanville, intended to convey the water flowing through the tunnel now being run to tap Eagle Lake, fell down one day last week.

This pipe is forty inches in diameter and rested on trestle-work must have been swept away by an overflow of water.

This mishap will not cause any delay in the work. A full force of men is kept steadily at work in the tunnel and will be continued until the lake is reached.

The pipe will be put in position again as soon as the water goes down so that men can get to work on it.


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2 Responses to LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 12, 1882

  1. FishingFatal

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Lots of changes in this area of the lake since the photo. At our lowest water level we could see the pipe running from the Bay to under Miners Pt on Google Earth. Big hump to cross over to get to the man-made beach of Miners Pt. Being a man made point/island it has to be buoyed for Public Safety whereas natural rock likes don’t have to be. Lots of old Tunnel tailings, pieces of cement and pipes out there! Sure was beautiful back in those days.

    • Jeremy

      Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Hi there Fishing Fatal… I believe you are thinking of the Bly Tunnel, this picture is of the much older tunnel inlet built by Captain Merrill that is in Tunnel Bay up north of the Chico Field Station and Youth Camp. 🙂 40.628800, -120.707235

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