The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 374
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Location of original San Juan Acequia Dam along old river channel and the
channelized river bed. Courtesy David B. Hafernik, I. Waynne Cox, and Anne A. Fox,
"Archaeological Investigation of the San Juan Dam, 41 BX 266, Bexar County, Texas,"
Center for Archaeological Research, University of Texas at San Antonzo, Survey Report no.
For the next half century, the process of rapid urbanization took its
toll. Major sections of the acequias, excepting San Juan and Espada, were
abandoned, covered, removed, and in some cases completely obliterated
as San Antonio expanded southward in the direction of the downstream
missions. Railroad lines, power facilities, streets and highways, homes,
schools, bridges and overpasses, and other such structures consumed all
objects along the way. The earthen ditches within the central city were
among the first obstacles that were leveled or removed as far south as to
include the irrigation system for the old SanJos6 Mission.14
Meanwhile, the San Juan and Espada ditches continued to operate as
irrigation companies in accordance with new state statutes enacted by
the Texas legislature in 1889. In 1900 the old San Juan Acequia incor-
porated as the San Juan Ditch Company when the proprietors conveyed
their water rights to the ditch company, entitling them to use irrigation
water in proportion to their ownership of shares. Certificates of ditch
company shares were issued to the members according to their acreages
of irrigated land. Thereafter, until the 1950s, the San Juan Ditch
Company maintained and administered the system under its own
authority by way of an appointed ditch commissioner."
'4Almarz, The San Antonzo Masszons, 58.
"David B. Hafernmk, I. Waynne Cox, and Anne A. Fox, "Archaeological Investigation of the San
Juan Dam, 41 BX 266, Bexar County, Texas," Center for Archaeological Research, University of
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