Probably at least a 100 variations on terms “dry” ,“creek” and “diggings” in just CA. Typical will be in sequence “xxxxxx Dry Diggings” meaning there wasn’t sufficient water in area to use gold panning techniques.
Used Google search using : books california "Dry Diggings" as input for Goggle Book sources and got lots of hits.
Examples are "Spanish Dry Diggings" and "Old Dry Diggings" (Placerville). Found one case in “Historic Spots in California" by Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle, Hero Rensch on page 258 that looks like a match (i.e., sequence "Dry Creek Diggings"), but other sources indicate this location was "Deer Creek Dry Diggings" (Nevada City).
Another source is Durham's Place Names of California's Gold Country, Including Yosemite ... By David L. Durham, starting about page 97.
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