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Mission Hills, Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mission Dam

 
 
Mission Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 26, 2014
1. Mission Dam Marker
Inscription. Rubble masonry water storage dam built by San Fernando Mission Indians in 1808. Water Flowed to the mission via a tiled pipe. Marked by El Camino Real Parlor No. 324 Native Daughters of the Golden West March 11, 1972
 
Erected 1972 by El Camino Real Parlor No. 324 Native Daughters of the Golden West.
 
Location. 34° 16.744′ N, 118° 27.388′ W. Marker is in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Rinaldi Street 0.1 miles east of Indian Hills Road (U.S. 405), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. San Fernando's Workman Street becomes Rinaldi in Mission Hills. The marker and dam are immediately west of the north lot of Nova Storage. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14802 Rinaldi Street Mission Hills, CA 91345, Mission Hills CA 91345, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mission San Fernando Rey de Espańa (approx. half a mile away); San Fernando Mission (approx. half a mile away); Fray Fermin Francisco DeLasuen, O.F.M. (approx. half a mile away); "This Fountain" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra
Mission Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 26, 2014
2. Mission Dam Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 0.8 miles away); César Chávez Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Griffith Ranch (approx. 2.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Nondescript, in a small park.
 
Regarding Mission Dam. This site is near Indian Hills Road. At the north end of Indian Hills Road are properties planted with Blue Elderberry, large cactus, and shrubs important to the native people of the area. A village or food site was near this location. One elderberry is centuries old. The last sycamore is dying. Like any historical site, this dam has some fascinating stories we will never know.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional keywords. San Fernando Mission,dam,civil engineering,water control
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansHorticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
Mission Dam Construction image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 26, 2014
3. Mission Dam Construction
Here near Granada Hills, this 208 year old dam of rubble, cement mortar and fired adobe brick could have been built by Romans a thousand years prior to 1808. San Fernando Mission is noted for its Romanesque architecture.
Mission Dam image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 26, 2014
4. Mission Dam
I'm speculating the dam was much larger than what remains.
 
 
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