HAER No. AZ-19, Arizona Canal, North of the Salt River, Phoenix Vicinity, Maricopa County, Arizona: Photographs, Written Historical and Descriptive Data, and Reduced Copies of Drawings
Author(s): Shelley C. Dudley
The Arizona Canal is the northernmost canal in the water distribution system of the Salt River Project, located within the urban center of Phoenix in Central Arizona. The Salt River Valley, at the time of the canal's construction in 1883, already had canals on both the north and south side of the Salt River irrigating portions of the Valley. Yet the men who organized the Arizona Canal Company saw the scorched, desolate desert in the northern part of the Valley and envisioned thousands of additional cultivated acres if they could build another canal to provide the needed water.
The Arizona Canal allowed for the development of over 65,000 acres in the Salt River Valley. It improved water distribution to the northside canals and provided water for the first hydropower plants to supply electricity to Phoenix.
This report includes photographs along with written historical and descriptive data for the Arizona Canal.
Cite this Record
HAER No. AZ-19, Arizona Canal, North of the Salt River, Phoenix Vicinity, Maricopa County, Arizona: Photographs, Written Historical and Descriptive Data, and Reduced Copies of Drawings, 19. Shelley C. Dudley. 1991 ( tDAR id: 437899) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8437899
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
Calendar Date: 1883 to 1885 (Original construction dates for the Arizona Canal)
Calendar Date: 1907 to 1909 (Dates of enlargement.)
min long: -112.554; min lat: 33.024 ; max long: -111.224; max lat: 33.758 ;
Individual & Institutional Roles
Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager
Prepared By(s): Salt River Project
Submitted To(s): National Park Service, Western Region
HAER No.(s): AZ-19
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