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Espada Aqueduct

San Antonio, Texas
County of Bexar.
Espada Road, just east of U.S. 281S
National Register Number: 66000809
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: TX-28 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: In San Antonio Missions NHP: See www.nps.gov.saan.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 19, 1964):
Probably constructed between 1731 and 1745, this sturdy masonry aqueduct was once part of an irrigation system serving five area missions. It is the only remaining Spanish structure of its type in the United States. It is included in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

Currently years of leaks and spalling of the stone have undercut the formerly vertical walls of the aqueduct, which now presents the greatest threat to the integrity of the structure. Constant mortar repointing and vegetation removal growing on and next to the structure is required.

A trailhead is being planned for the site however, at the time of this report no work has been completed on the new feature.

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