The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 284
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of the city and the old ditches are no longer used. In San Jose,
the main acequia ran through what is now the principal business
section of the city.44 The city continued to administer the affairs
of the acequia by municipal ordinance for some years after its in-
corporation, ordinances dealing with the acequia being found as
late as 1860. With the subdivision of some of the irrigated land
into building lots and the development of artesian wells the acequia
finally came to be abandoned and has been filled in with the excep-
tion of a portion of its upper length.
In addition to mission and pueblo irrigation, a number of private
acequias were built by owners of ranchos or small tracts, par-
ticularly after the establishment of Mexican independence, some
of which still exist. Likewise community acequias were built by
groups of water users of their own volition, without the inter-
position of any pueblo organization, and of these certain ones are
still functioning as informal associations or as corporations so
formed for the purpose of making permanent improvements or for
better business organization. Needless to say, Spanish irrigation
in California sinks to very small proportions in the present irriga-
tion development of the State, but it did provide the invaluable
service of pointing the way.
44Hall, Frederic, "History of San Jose," 'pp. 186, 257, 262.
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