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Testing for the Location of the Alamo Acequia (41BX8) at HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio, Texas


Anne A. Fox


In December 1983 the Center for Archaeological Research conducted test excavations at HemisFair Plaza in downtown San Antonio. The purpose of the work was to locate and document the condition of the Alamo Acequia (41 BX 8), which was known to be in the area. Backhoe and hand excavations revealed that the acequia deviated as much as 20 feet from the supposed route and that the original property lines through the area could not be depended upon to locate the precise route of the ditch. The section of the acequia that was examined proved to be only partially preserved, apparently having been robbed of stone either in the early 20th century or during HemisFair construction.