The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 442
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio, Texas, c. 1920s. Currently, the San
Juan Acequia holds the oldest water right in Texas. Built in the early 1730s, the
acequia system ceased to function in the middle and late twentieth century after
a flood control project relocated the bed of the San Antonio River two hundred
feet away from the headgate, cutting off the water supply essential to gravity-flow
irrigation. Litigation in the Texas judicial system, followed by collaboration
across the set of actors, finally restored water to the headgate in the summer of
2001, preserving a significant element of San Antonio's Hispanic heritage. Jose
A. Rivera's article about this legal battle, "Restoring the Oldest Water Right in
Texas: The Mission San Juan Acequia of San Antonio," begins on page 367 of
this issue. Photograph courtesy the TSHA files.
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