An artist's rendering of irrigation canal and compuerta
Tumacácori's remnant compuerta
How It Was
"Acequia" [pronounced "ah-SAY-kee-uh"] means irrigation canal and, like many Spanish words beginning with the letter A, has its origins in Arabic. The acequia madre or “mother” of the irrigation canals is deceivingly simple-looking but was a vast project with ramifications in workload and social upheaval.
How It Is Now
In the late 1850s, American miners in Tubac used the Tumacácori farm fields to provide grazing and crops for the large silver mining operations. As late as the 1930’s the family of George Boundey, park custodian, used the acequia as their primary water source.
Last updated: July 23, 2020