Pato Spring, Santa Cruz Island

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Pato Spring, Santa Cruz Island (El Pato) [Sp., duck] is located in the Central Valley to the east of the Main Ranch. It was one of three main water sources developed to serve the ranch. The Pato has a concrete collecting tank from which a pipeline runs to the ranch. The Pato feeds water into a cement reservoir of 26,626 gallons located on a hill above the upper winery. A 1911 Santa Cruz Island Company memo describes:

Pato System. A pipe leaves reservoir on west side; runs west to fence, crosses orchard turns north to point in said orchard near SE corner of dining room. Here a T bends to left, runs to kitchen…”

» also Cañada Gallina and Mission Spring