Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Real world irrigation canal DAM in New Mexico...

Not long after putting the pics of the abandoned dam model up on this blog, I ran across a pic of a real life version that was very close, though somewhat different, in design, which in this case appears to date back to about the turn of the 20th Century.  I had never heard of the "Acequias" of New Mexico before, but you learn something new every day...

The property in Albuquerque, New Mexico can be irrigated through the 100 year old system of "Acequias" which are "Communal Irrigation Canals" pretty unique to New Mexico.  The canals branch off of the Rio Grande, and you make a request to the "canal boss" and he can bring more water down the canal and divert it to flood your property through these old gates you see below.


  1. Good to be able to relate the real thing to something you have had scratch built for your table.

  2. Thanks for noticing, Pat!

    Hope to have some more pics of this very talented terrain-maker's work to show here soon...