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Derby Dike

 
 
Derby Dike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 18, 2006
1. Derby Dike Marker
Inscription. Until 1853 the erratic San Diego River dumped tons of debris into the harbor or poured into False Bay, now Mission Bay. At times it threatened to destroy Old Town San Diego. Lieutenant George Horatio Derby, U.S. Topographical Corps, built a dike that diverted the waters into False Bay. This was the first effort to tame the river, and one of the first U.S. Government projects in California. The river was not fully harnessed until the 1950s.
 
Erected 1990 by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus (August 4, 1990).
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.57′ N, 117° 11.772′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of Presidio Drive and Taylor Street, on the right when traveling west on Presidio Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Playa Trail (here, next to this marker); Serra Palm (here, next to this marker); Fray Junipero Serra
Derby Dike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 18, 2006
2. Derby Dike Marker
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sylvester Pattie (about 500 feet away); San Diego Presidio Site (about 600 feet away); George White Marston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Junipero Serra Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Women of the Mormon Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of San Diego San Diego Disasters. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. San Diego Historical Society Role of the San Diego River in the Development of Mission Valley. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Derby Dike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 30, 2015
3. Derby Dike Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,656 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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