Details for Acequia Madre de Valero (Main Irrigation Ditch of Valero Mission) (Atlas Number 5029000078)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5029000078


Marker Number 78
Atlas Number 5029000078
Marker Title Acequia Madre de Valero (Main Irrigation Ditch of Valero Mission)
Index Entry Acequia Madre de Valero
Address 434 S Alamo St
City San Antonio
County Bexar
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 549821
UTM Northing 3254545
Subject Codes missions; water topics
Marker Year 1968
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Log in Hemis Fair Plaza, S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text One in a network of ditches begun by the Spanish and their Indian charges at the founding of San Antonio in 1718. Hand-dug and made of dressed limestone, the acequia diverted water from San Antonio River through fields belonging to San Antonio de Valero Mission. Irrigation was the key to the growth of mission and town. The ditch paralleled present Broadway by Brackenridge Park and Alamo Street, then fed back into the river southwest of this section. It became part of modern waterworks after 1877. This section was restored, 1968.