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Location DB > United States > California > Morgan Hill > Chesbro Reservoir Ruins
Chesbro Reservoir Ruins
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created by cambrianguy on 9/24/2007 2:41 AM
last modified by cambrianguy on 10/14/2007 10:32 PM
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This bridge and the other normally-inundated features near it are ONLY visible and accessible in the late summer and early fall seasons.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors, normally under water, lakebed
Status: Active
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby, but do it before the rainy season!
 Physical Information

Morgan Hill, California
United States
Owner: Santa Clara Valley Water District
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • deep mud, "quicksand-like" silt, tarantulas
  •  Interesting Features
    When the dam was built in 1955 and Llagas Creek (near the dam) was flooded, it inundated an old concrete bridge over the creek which was built in 1937. There was also a "ranch" home right on the shores of the creek. The bridge is 99% in tact, but the paved roads on both sides of it are heavily eroded. Only the concrete outlying foundation of the ranch exist today. It appears to have been a wood-floored structure as the concrete foundation is only on the perimeter. There are also some old rusted pipes and a capped water well.

    The large boulders were place by the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District (known today as just "Santa Clara Valley Water District") to prevent any off-road vehicles from driving down into the dry lakebed and over the bridge, risking a collapse.

    There's also an old burned down biker bar from 1957 (building from 1909) along the main road. It used to be a haven for motorcyclists and the like.
     Security Measures
  • Regular Sheriff patrols
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1937
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • gloves
  • waders or mud boots
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Elmer J. Chesbro was the president of the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District at the time of the construction of Chesbro dam and reservoir in 1955. Chesbro dam and reservoir are located on Llagas Creek three miles west of Morgan Hill. The reservoir can store 7,945 acre-feet of water. Its surface area is 283 acres.

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    Down in the mud
    Mon, Sep 24th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    Full Moon Night Pics
    Thu, Sep 27th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    Pano of empty reservoir and abandoned/flooded Llagas Bridge
    Sun, Oct 14th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/15/2007 12:28 AM.

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  • on Oct 15 07 at 0:28, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 14 07 at 22:41, cambrianguy updated panorama Pano of empty reservoir and abandoned/flooded Llagas Bridge
  • on Oct 14 07 at 22:35, cambrianguy updated a panorama image
  • on Oct 14 07 at 22:32, cambrianguy changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Oct 14 07 at 22:31, cambrianguy changed the following: City
  • on Sep 29 07 at 0:58, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 27 07 at 15:00, cambrianguy added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 27 07 at 14:57, cambrianguy created a new gallery
  • on Sep 26 07 at 4:30, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 26 07 at 2:57, cambrianguy changed the following: Display Name
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