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Upper Workman Creek Stream Gauges, AZ
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Upper Workman Creek Stream Gauges, AZ 
Upper Workman Creek Stream Gauges, AZ
 
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There are 4 stream gauge stations in close proximity a short distance above Workman Creek Falls, one for each fork of the drainage, and the fourth larger one to record the combined flow before the water heads over the falls. The North and South forks of the creek are more pronounced than the Middle fork, which originates around Peterson Ranch. All branches join together just below FR 487, near where the most noticeable gauge on the north fork is alongside the left side of the road (as you are heading uphill). The middle fork coming from the ranch area is immediately past this spot and passes under the road in a culvert at the sharp right bend. The south and middle fork join by one of the gauges, then a very short distance downstream the north fork joins to create the full basin flow. There is a long history of gathering data up there, dating back to the 1930's era of the Experimental Forest.

I also stopped at a spot immediately south of the junction of FR 487 and SR 288, where the remains of what once was a place known as Aztec Lodge are located. My internet search for information on this place didn't turn up much, but one of my reference books yielded, "a group of log cabins around a dining hall." This is from one of the prize possessions of my book collection, "Arizona," compiled by the Workers of the Writers Program of the WPA. This was originally published in April, 1940 and along with other such guides in the series provides a fantastic snapshot of our country in that time period, along with good historical information. I have a 1959 hardcover reprint of the revised 1956 edition, which I picked up way back in 1971 at a used bookstore in downtown Los Angeles (Everybody's Book Shop) for $3.50. :D The book has since been reprinted by the University of Arizona and is available in paperback.
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