The Landmark Project: CHL# 244

CHL# 244 DERBY DIKE

Until 1853 the erratic San Diego River dumped tons of debris into the harbor or poured
into False Bay, now Mission Bay. At times it threatened to destroy Old Town San Diego. Lieutenant George Horatio Derby, U.S. Topographical Corps, built a dike that diverted the waters into False Bay. This was the first effort to tame the river, and one of the first U.S. Government projects in California. The river was not fully harnessed until the 1950s.

Descriptions of each landmark are from the California Office of Historical Preservation website.

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