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Joseph Chapman’s Millrace

 
 
Joseph Chapman’s Millrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Castillo, October 26, 2013
1. Joseph Chapman’s Millrace Marker
Inscription. This is the location where the millrace turned due south, carrying water another 200 feet from this point into Chapman’s grist mill, built in 1822-25. The spring-fed water supply that flowed through the millrace came from two sources: Mission Lake to the northwest (now Lacy Park) and La Presa Dam to the northeast (now Sunny Slope Water Co. property). The open zanjas, or ditches, joined together on the west side of the mission quadrangle at Mission Drive. After turning the 13’ 6” diameter vertical wooden wheel which powered the mill, the expended water was led from the tailrace in open trenches to irrigate the mission garden, orange orchard, and 340 acres of rich soil that lay immediately south and east of the mill.
 
Erected 2013 by The Native Sons of the Golden West, Dwight A. Dutschke, Grand President & Ramona Parlor #109 San Gabriel, Joseph Claro, President.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 5.785′ N, 118° 6.424′ W. Marker is in San Gabriel, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on South Junipero Serra Drive, on the right. Touch for map. The marker is in Mission Plaza Park about 200
NSGW Dedication Team image. Click for full size.
By Joe Castillo, October 26, 2013
2. NSGW Dedication Team
(l-r)
Joseph Claro (Ramona Parlor #109)
Rosemary Lippman (Ramona Parlor #109)
Grand 1st Vice President Timothy Tullius
Grand President Dwight Dutschke
Past Grand President James Smith
feet east of South Ramona Street. Marker is in this post office area: San Gabriel CA 91776, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spanish Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); San Gabriel Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named San Gabriel Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); 1776 Overland Immigration Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Early California (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Gabriel Veterans War Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Gabriel.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Chapman’s Millrace Unveiled at New Home at San Gabriel Mission. Gabrieleno-Tongva tribal members posed for a picture alongside the Chapman family Tuesday morning, just a few feet in front of the historic millrace their ancestors worked together to build nearly 200 years ago. The historic millrace, designed by ex-pirate Joseph Chapman and built in 1820 by Gabrielenos living at the San Gabriel Mission. carried water from nearby rivers to the mission to power a grist mill and irrigate crops, making the mission one of the most successful in California’s mission chain... (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. Old Millrace Dedicated At San Gabriel Mission. ...to dedicate the restoration and relocation to a city park of the sole remaining section of a masonry millrace built in 1823 for Chapman’s Mill. Chapman’s Mill was a cornerstone of the agricultural community centered on the old mission. The 20-foot, 15-ton section of masonry waterway was relocated to Plaza Park on the grounds of the mission and installed as an educational exhibit, featuring running water, for the many visitors to the adjacent mission... (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 8, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.   2. submitted on December 11, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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