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Location DB > United States > California > Morgan Hill > Uvas Reservoir Ruins
Uvas Reservoir Ruins
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created by cambrianguy on 9/25/2007 8:28 PM
last modified by cambrianguy on 10/14/2007 10:31 PM
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Large watershed reservoir and earth fill dam with concrete spillway. Numerous ruins (normally underwater) can be found on the dry (and often muddy) shores when the water level is low due to summertime depletion and drought).
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy, during dry season
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Uvas Road
Morgan Hill, California
United States
Owner: Santa Clara Valley Water District
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  •  Hazards
  • flooding
  • water
  • mud
  •  Interesting Features
    Numerous ruins of old structures which once existed prior to the area being inundated in 1957 after the completion of the dam. Some ruins look like doorway supports, with masonry that appears to be from the late 1800's or early 1900's. Other concrete structures appear to be from the depression and/or WWII era. All of which were inundated in 1957 when the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District (now known as Santa Clara Valley Water District) completed the Uvas dam.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1957
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
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  • mud boots
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    Uvas dam and reservoir are located on Uvas Creek about two miles upstream from the intersection of Watsonville and Uvas roads in southern Santa Clara County. The Spanish name for grapes, "uvas," is preserved in a number of place names, all apparently referring to the abundance of wild grapes. Uvas Creek got its name from the land grant Cañada de las Uvas (grape ravine) dated June 14, 1842. Uvas Dam was a part of the South Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District. It was completed in 1957. The reservoir's capacity is 9,835 acre-feet of water. The surface area is 288 acres.

    (I could not find any history on the structures that were removed/destroyed when the area was inundated in 1957). Still looking....
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    Some ruins - day photos
    Tue, Sep 25th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    Full Moon Night Pics
    Thu, Sep 27th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    Empty Reservoir Panorama
    Tue, Nov 20th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 11/20/2007 11:11 PM.

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  • on Nov 20 07 at 23:11, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 20 07 at 16:15, cambrianguy updated panorama Empty Reservoir Panorama
  • on Nov 20 07 at 16:13, cambrianguy updated a panorama image
  • on Oct 15 07 at 0:28, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • 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 15:01, cambrianguy added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 27 07 at 14:59, cambrianguy created a new gallery
  • on Sep 26 07 at 13:32, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 25 07 at 21:26, cambrianguy made this location available
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