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Briggs Reservoir

 
 
Briggs Reservoir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 25, 2012
1. Briggs Reservoir Marker
Inscription. A relic of an early agricultural experiment - the first underground irrigation system in the Central Valley.

The structure was built by Davisville pioneer George Gregg Briggs to irrigate several hundred acres of orchards and vineyards.

By 1880 the system included ten miles of twelve-inch main line concrete pipe and 200 miles of distributing pipe, fed by water pumped with gasoline engines from the concrete reservoirs.

The pipes silted up and that system was abandoned by 1900, but the reservoir remained in use for agriculture and was a popular swimming hole for decades.
 
Erected by UC Davis Arboretum.
 
Location. 38° 31.909′ N, 121° 45.396′ W. Marker is in Davis, California, in Yolo County. Marker is on Old Davis Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Davis CA 95616, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Solano House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Jerome C. and Mary Chiles Davis Homestead (approx. 0.8 miles away); Davis Subway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer Mansion
<i>Portrait of George Gregg Briggs</i> - closeup of engraving on marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 25, 2012
2. Portrait of George Gregg Briggs - closeup of engraving on marker
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of the First Yolo County Public Library Branch (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lincoln Highway Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic City Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away); Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Davis.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the UC Davis Campus just off of Old Davis Road, on the Arboretum path on the south side of Putah Creek. If approaching from the south, the marker is visible roughly at the point where Old Davis Road turns east.
 
Also see . . .  Off the Beaten Path - Briggs Reservoir. UC Davis' page for the Briggs Reservoir. (Submitted on November 25, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
Briggs Reservoir Marker - wide view of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 25, 2012
3. Briggs Reservoir Marker - wide view of the marker
The reservoir is now more or less filled to ground level, leaving little to see except for the remains of the cement walls outlining the reservoirs, visible here in the picture. As recently as 15 years ago the tanks were not nearly as filled in, nor was the cement as covered with graffiti as it is now.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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