“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Leandro in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Transporting the Water

Transporting the Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
1. Transporting the Water Marker
Inscription. The Transporting the Water marker consists of an illustration and two photographs accompanied by captions. They captions are presented here, left to right. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Hydraulics were used to widen and strengthen the dam. In this sketch drawn by John Muir in 1888, look for the metal-lined wooden flume into which workmen shoveled and sprayed earth from nearby hills that gravity would move to the dam. Notice the superintendent’s cottage that used to sit on top of the hill.

Tunnel No. 2:
Underneath the mock neo-classical temple lies the inlet of Tunnel No. 2, which was completed in 1875. It connected reservoir waters to the main Oakland pipelines in 1876. The decorative temple, named “Diana’s Temple,” was built in 1917. Note for scale the man standing at the bottom-left of the inlet.

Tunnel No. 3:
This tunnel was built in 1889 as a secondary spillway to move excess water from the reservoir back to San Leandro Creek. Dug and dynamited 1,438 feet through rock, the exit is visible near the city of San Leandro’s Chabot Park.
Erected 2012 by East Bay Regional Park District.
Location. 37° 43.803′ N, 122° 
Transporting the Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
2. Transporting the Water Marker
The marker is on the left.
7.231′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Estudillo Avenue. Click for map. The one mile Lake Chabot Historical Walk begins at the parking lot at the end of Estudillo Avenue. This marker is about one mile from the beginning of the trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1799 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Build a Dam (here, next to this marker); Chabot Dam (a few steps from this marker); Of Fins and Flippers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Taming the Waters’ Flow (about 700 feet away); Yem-Po: Chinese Labor Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tunnel No. 1 Control Shaft (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Zoo, a Monkey, and a Mansion Here Too! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Filtration Basins (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
Also see . . .  Lake Chabot Historical Walk. (Submitted on February 21, 2014.)
Categories. Man-Made Features
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 24 times this year. 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.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the tunnel exit near Chabot Park. • Can you help?
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