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Taken 21-Oct-07
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Real County Historical Marker, Lombardy Irrigation Ditch
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Dimensions3008 x 2000
Original file size2.77 MB
Image typeJPEG
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Date taken21-Oct-07 16:14
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Camera modelNIKON D50
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Lombardy Irrigation Ditch

Lombardy Irrigation Ditch

Rio Frio
Real County, Texas
29 38.052' N 99 44.253' W

Text: Dug in 1868, in pick-and-shovel operation, by Lombardy Irrigation Company, whose officers were N. M. C. Patterson, W. F. Smith, and T. Watkins. Besides channeling water to irrigate over 800 acres, the 2-mile ditch furnished power for a cotton gin, and shingle, grist, and flour mills. The settlement which grew up in the area was known as "The Ditch" until a post office was established in 1875. It was then named "Rio Frio" ("Cold River"). For a century the ditch has irrigated lands of families of two original company officers.