Davis in Yolo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The structure was built by Davisville pioneer George Gregg Briggs to irrigate several hundred acres of orchards and vineyards.
By 1880 the system included ten miles of twelve-inch main line concrete pipe and 200 miles of distributing pipe, fed by water pumped with gasoline engines from the concrete reservoirs.
The pipes silted up and that system was abandoned by 1900, but the reservoir remained in use for agriculture and was a popular swimming hole for decades.
Erected by UC Davis Arboretum.
Location. 38° 31.909′ N, 121° 45.396′ W. Marker is in Davis, California, in Yolo County. Marker is on Old Davis Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Davis CA 95616, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Solano House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Jerome C. and Mary Chiles Davis Homestead (approx. ¾ mile away); Davis Subway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer Mansion Site of the First Yolo County Public Library Branch (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lincoln Highway Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic City Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away); Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davis.
More about this marker. The marker is located on the UC Davis Campus just off of Old Davis Road, on the Arboretum path on the south side of Putah Creek. If approaching from the south, the marker is visible roughly at the point where Old Davis Road turns east.
Also see . . . Off the Beaten Path - Briggs Reservoir. UC Davis' page for the Briggs Reservoir. (Submitted on November 25, 2012.)
Categories. • Agriculture •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.