Details for Aqueduct (Atlas Number 5029000177)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5029000177

Data

Marker Number 177
Atlas Number 5029000177
Marker Title Aqueduct
Index Entry Aqueduct
Address
City San Antonio
County Bexar
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 552255
UTM Northing 3244958
Subject Codes water topics
Marker Year 1962
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Mission Aqueduct, Espada Rd., San Antonio
Marker Size Medallion Only
Marker Text Built by the Franciscan friars in 1731, the stone aqueduct was used to carry the water from the San Antonio River to irrigate the lands in the vicinity of Mission San Francisco de la Espada. The aqueduct is still in an excellent state of preservation and still in use after more than 200 years. The massive round arches that span the Piedras Pintas Creek, though only a few feet high, resemble the arches of the Roman aqueducts built by the Caesars. It is only structure of its kind in this locally that remains today. It is said to be the only aqueduct of its kind in the United States. A park has been developed by the San Antonio Conservation Society to provide a proper setting for this small monument to the faith and ingenuity of man. A stone house on the property is known to date from the Spanish era.