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Zanja Madre, Los Angeles

Zanja Madre - Los Angeles, California
Zanja Madre
Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012Map
Neighborhood: Chinatown

The Zanja Madre or "Mother Ditch" is a fragment of the city's original irrigation ditch. It was built in 1781 and its purpose was to carry water from the Los Angeles River up near Elysian Park into the city. In 1929, to show where the Zanja Madre brought the water to the pueblo of the city, its path was marked with diagonal brickwork which you can still see today as you walk down Olvera Street.

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  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Nearest Train: Los Angeles Union
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