Historic Documentation of Lateral 5 of the Arizona Canal, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Author(s): Judith Breen

Year: 2003


The City of Phoenix is planning to improve Osborn Road between 56th Street and 50th Place (Section 29, Township 2 North, Range 4 East, USGS 7.5' Tempe, Arizona, 1952/1982). As part of the project, an open, unlined canal located south of Osborn Road between 56th Street and just west of 54th Street will be enclosed in an underground pipe (Figures 1 and 2). The canal, called Lateral 5 (or the Osborn Lateral), is a lateral of the Arizona Canal. A lateral is a smaller canal that branches off of a main canal. The Salt River Project (SRP) has determined the Arizona Canal eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has concurred. The Arizona Canal has also been the subject of Historic American Engineering Records (HAER) documentation (Dudley 1991). According to a programmatic agreement signed in 2001 between the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), SRP, and SHPO, the BOR and SRP are required to identify canal laterals worthy of preservation; Lateral 5 was identified as a likely candidate for preservation through this effort. Lateral 5 of the Arizona Canal is one of a dwindling number of unlined laterals in the Phoenix area. The present report, following the National and State Historic Preservation Acts Documentation Standards for Historic Properties guidelines (revised December 2002) made available by SHPO, provides documentation of the history and significance of Lateral 5 and serves as mitigation for adverse effects to the property resulting from the project.

Cite this Record

Historic Documentation of Lateral 5 of the Arizona Canal, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.. Judith Breen. 2003 ( tDAR id: 427182) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8427182

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Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1894 to 1903 (Construction of Lateral 5 Canal)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.989; min lat: 33.466 ; max long: -111.942; max lat: 33.5 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager

Repository(s): Salt River Project, Tempe, AZ

Submitted To(s): City of Phoenix

Record Identifiers

CIP (s): No. ST 87110015

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