Near Los Gatos in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
James J. Lenihan Dam
Capacity: 6.5 billion gallons
Depth: 130 feet
Length: 2.5 miles
Lexington Reservoir, named for the historic 1850's town which once stood on the valley's floor, is a significant source of local drinking water. Water captured in this reservoir is released into Los Gatos Creek, where it percolates through the earth's layers until it reaches the underground aquifers which are the source for the valley's groundwater. This process cleans the water so it can later be pumped from wells for use in homes and businesses.
When constructed, the dam and reservoir shared the name Lexington. In 1977, the dam was renamed to honor James J. Lenihan, the Santa Clara Valley Water District's longest-serving director. During his 37 years of service, Lenihan's contributions to state and local water-management included securing federal water delivery through the San Felipe Project, and ensuring construction of the Guadalupe River Flood Control Project.
Lexington Reservoir provides many opportunities for water-related recreation.
Erected by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation and Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
Location. 37° 11.584′ N, 121° 59.125′ W. Marker is near Los Gatos, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Alma Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located at the Doug B. Miller Point parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Gatos CA 95033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lexington Reservoir County Park (here, next to this marker); Lexington Dam (approx. 0.6 miles away); Layers of History (approx. 1.2 miles away); Preserve and Protect (approx. 1.2 miles away); "The Cats" (approx. 1½ miles away); 911 Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); The Flame of Liberty Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Historic Fire Bell (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Gatos.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 108 times this year. Last updated on May 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.