“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Los Gatos in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Lexington Reservoir

James J. Lenihan Dam

Lexington Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2012
1. Lexington Reservoir
Watershed: Guadalupe River
Capacity: 6.5 billion gallons
Depth: 130 feet
Length: 2.5 miles
Built: 1952

Lexington Reservoir, named for the historic 1850's town which once stood on the valley's floor, is a significant source of local drinking water. Water captured in this reservoir is released into Los Gatos Creek, where it percolates through the earth's layers until it reaches the underground aquifers which are the source for the valley's groundwater. This process cleans the water so it can later be pumped from wells for use in homes and businesses.

When constructed, the dam and reservoir shared the name Lexington. In 1977, the dam was renamed to honor James J. Lenihan, the Santa Clara Valley Water District's longest-serving director. During his 37 years of service, Lenihan's contributions to state and local water-management included securing federal water delivery through the San Felipe Project, and ensuring construction of the Guadalupe River Flood Control Project.

Lexington Reservoir provides many opportunities for water-related recreation. Sorry, for public-safety, no swimming is allowed.
Erected by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation and Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Lexington Reservoir Marker and Kiosks image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2012
2. Lexington Reservoir Marker and Kiosks
The marker is on the far left.

Location. 37° 11.584′ N, 121° 59.125′ W. Marker is near Los Gatos, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Alma Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located at the Doug B. Miller Point parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Los Gatos CA 95033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lexington Reservoir County Park (here, next to this marker); "The Cats" (approx. 1.5 miles away); Forbes Flour Mill (approx. 2 miles away); Patchen (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mountain Charlie Road (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mountain Charlies Cabin (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mountain Charlie Bear Fight (approx. 4.6 miles away); Augustus T. Dowd (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Los Gatos.
Categories. Natural Features
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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