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The first contentious action regarding West Clear Creek water rights and the Pioneer Ditch was filed in 1900. Subsequent actions were filed in 1912, 1938, 2005 and most recently in 2013. VVN photo by Bill Helm

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The Pioneer Ditch settlement: A history of fiercely-contested property rights

The Pioneer Ditch was hand-dug in 1865, during the early Anglo settlement of the Verde Valley.