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The Zanja, from the Spanish word for ditch, was Pasadena's first water capture and distribution structure. Built in 1877 by Benjamin Eaton, it brought water from the Arroyo Seco to the citrus groves of early Pasadena. The Zanja has since been replaced with a much more extensive and modern system, but those who know what to look for will discover that it is still part of Pasadena's landscape.
On November 24, 2012 more than 40 Los Angeles area residents took part in the Zanja Walk. Led by Dr. David Kimbrough of the Pasadena Water & Power Department, participants followed the archeological remains of Pasadena's historic irrigation canal from Hahamongna Watershed Park to the intersection of Arroyo Boulevard and Zanja Street.
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This hike was produced in partnership between the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Water & Power Department.