Mission Dam and Flume

Mission Dam and Flume (HMYGQ)

Location: Santee, CA 92071 San Diego County
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N 32° 50.3748', W 117° 2.52'

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Mission Dam and Flume
After many attempts dating back to 1774 to provide a reliable source of water for crops and livestock for Mission San Diego de Alcala, a dam and flume system was finished between 1813 and 1816 by Indian laborers and Franciscan Missionaries to divert waters of the San Diego River for a distance of 6 miles. The aqueduct system continued in existence until 1831 when constant flooding caused the dam and flume to fall into disrepair. They were not repaired due to secularization of the missions.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 52

First registered Dec. 6, 1932. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Mission Trails Regional Park, City of San Diego, and Squibob Chapter. E Clampus Vitus, May 2, 1992.
Additional InformationEasy walking, possibly wheelchair friendly, at least to the viewing area of the dam.
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series, and the E Clampus Vitus series.
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeHistoric Structure
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker Number52
Year Placed1992
Placed ByState Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Mission Trails Regional Park, City of San Diego, and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:51pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] THEFATCATS  
Locationbig map
Directions InformationLocated at the end of the parking area just off Father Junipero Serra Trail, which leads to the nearby dam.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 496083 N 3633509
Decimal Degrees32.83958000, -117.04200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 50.3748', W 117° 2.52'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 50' 22.4880" N, 117° 2' 31.2000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)619, 858
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8300-9996 Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee CA 92071, US
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I Saw The Marker

It was warm with high humidity the day I visited, so I didn't stay long. It's an interesting area with information plaques that explain about the construction, use, and benefits of the dam.

Oct 16, 2015 at 3:29pm PDT by thefatcats

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  1. This marker could use another picture or two.
  2. Which side of the road is the marker located?