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Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

“The Ditch”

 
 
The Ditch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 3, 2010
1. The Ditch Marker
Inscription. The Vaughn Agricultural and Mechanical Canal Company was chartered in 1874 by William J. Vaughn, President; William Tipton, Director; and James H. Comstock, Director and Secretary. Major H.M. Holmes was appointed attorney.

Irrigation for 2,000 acres of valley land and power for grist mills are furnished by gravity flow from San Saba River. Use of "The Ditch," running from 5 miles above town to 5 below, began in 1876. Vaughn sold his controlling interest to Gus Noyes in 1886.

Since 1905 "The Ditch" has been operated by Menard Irrigation Company, using the original dam.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Location. 30° 54.99′ N, 99° 47.19′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker is at the intersection of Ellis Street (U.S. 83) and Canal Street on Ellis Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lafora Map / An Apache Encampment (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Menard, Texas / The Old Sacred Heart Catholic Church
"The Ditch" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. "The Ditch" Marker
View to east across US 83
(about 300 feet away); Founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission (about 300 feet away); Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away); Menard County Memorial of Those Who Died (approx. 0.2 miles away); Great Western Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oliver Prince Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menard.
 
Also see . . .  Acequia, Presidio San Saba. The "ditch" is part of the surviving portion of the Presidio San Saba's acequia, built by the Spanish to irrigate their agricultural fields. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesNatural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers
 
"The Ditch" next to the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
3. "The Ditch" next to the Marker
The Ditch in Menard image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 3, 2010
4. The Ditch in Menard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 947 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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