Old Mission Dam
The first major irrigation project on the Pacific coast, the Old Mission Dam was used for a sawmill and irrigation system at the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769. Serra decided to move the mission northwest of San Diego for better access to water in 1774. The damn was built around 1803 and was severely damaged by a flood in 1821. It is now part of Mission Trails Regional Park, the largest municipal park in California and is located a long the Father Junipero Serra Trail.
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