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Midtown in San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Acequia de Arriba

 
 
Acequia de Arriba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 27, 2022
1. Acequia de Arriba Marker
Inscription.  In the late 1700s, residents of the Villa de San Fernando petitioned the King of Spain for permission to furrow an acequia (irrigation ditch) to water the land for the growing population. After years of opposition from the San Antonio de Valero missionaries, the King upheld the viewpoint of the townspeople. In 1778, they finished the Acequia de Arriba that began just west of the San Antonio River and swerved south and west to San Pedro Creek. Because of the acequia, the community flourished. Limestone ditch gates south of Hildebrand Avenue are still visible evidence of an agrarian era and the San Antonio Zoo's fish ponds are intact remnants of the acequia's past, the Franciscan missionaries and early Spanish settlers excavated a total of seven irrigation ditches along the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek. Water was carried to garden plots, farmlands and each of the five missions. The acequias of San Antonio shaped future settlement patterns and street alignments.

The Zambrano/Rosengren House, a Texas Landmark in its own right, was built shortly after the completion of the acequia. In the 1900s, talented and world-renowned artists
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and writers took up residency alongside the Acequia de Arriba. The River Road Country Day School was built in 1926. The celebrated painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, was one of many who painted at this school. Famed Texas boot maker Sam Lucchese built a house in 1926 with a stage on which daughter Josephine, an internationally renowned opera singer, performed. Potter Harding Black, watercolorist Caroline Shelton, writer Lois Buckhalter, and broadway producer Walter Starcke all lived in this scenic neighborhood.
 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17368.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraHispanic AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1778.
 
Location. 29° 27.334′ N, 98° 28.73′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. It is in Midtown. Marker is at the intersection of Allison Road and Anastacia Place, on the left when traveling south on Allison Road. The marker is located in Davis Park just inside the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Acequia Labor de Arriba (within shouting distance of this marker); Polo Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archaeology in Brackenridge Park
Acequia de Arriba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 27, 2022
2. Acequia de Arriba Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Water Works Channel (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mexican Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Japanese Tea Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Upper Labor Acequia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Also see . . .  Acequias. Texas State Historical Association
The building of acequias, or irrigation canals, was an important element in Spanish efforts to colonize Texas. Much of the region occupied by the Spanish in Texas was semiarid, and irrigation was vitally necessary for the success of agriculture. Acequias had been widely used throughout Spain since the time of the Moorish conquest, and the early Spanish colonists brought with them sophisticated knowledge of how to construct large-scale irrigation systems. The earliest acequias in Texas were dug near Ysleta, below El Paso, after 1680 by Pueblo Indians under the supervision of Spanish friars. These first acequias eventually became part of a large irrigation network, portions of which were still in use in the early
The view of the Acequia de Arriba Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 27, 2022
3. The view of the Acequia de Arriba Marker from the street
1990s.
(Submitted on January 3, 2023, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2023, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2023, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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