Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mother Ditch and The History Slugs
Call to hear how they found the "Zanja Madre" and made the case for a historic park.
Erected by California State Parks. (Marker Number 5.)
Location. 34° 4.097′ N, 118° 13.988′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of North Spring Street and Sotello Street, on the left when traveling north on North Spring Street. Located in Los Angeles State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1245 North Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portolá Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Jewish Site in Los Angeles (approx. half a mile away); Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center San Antonio Winery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (approx. ¾ mile away); Zanja Madre (approx. 0.8 miles away); Headquarters of Commander Robert Field Stockton (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jones Building (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
More about this marker. The Phone Number on the marker has been disconnected, see website.
Regarding Mother Ditch and The History Slugs. Zanja Madre is Spanish for Mother Ditch. It was the original earthen-walled ditch that carried water from the nearby Los Angeles River to the plaza of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. The Spanish-Colonial settlers and local Native Americans constructed it beginning in 1791. During the 1800’s the system of earthen ditches grew to nearly 50 miles in length, later being enclosed in brick to improve sanitation and reduce evaporation. By the early 1900’s, Los Angeles had outgrown its zanjas, and began importing water from the Owens Valley.
Also see . . . This Park Is Made By People. The website shown on the marker has nine short audio recordings which describe the grassroots effort to create this park. Recording #5: The History (Submitted on July 30, 2018.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 30, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.