Friday, May 05, 2006

Old Water Plant


This is no longer being used but there is a campaign by some in the City to get a developer in so that they can build a foot bridge, restaurant and/or something touristy here. It sits on the Guadalupe River, which runs through Seguin and is quite beautiful. The water is almost always clearish green, unlike where I grew up in NC where we're known for our muddy rivers. Whatever happens, I just hope the natural state won't be disturbed or altered too much.

12 comments:

Shorty said...

Does it flood during our infamous storms?

Sarah said...

What is the red building?

Vancouver Daily Photo said...

What a delightful place. Good photo.

Denton said...

Great photo. My memory of Seguin includes the rainy season with lots of flooding. One of the most successful project undertaken, in my home town of Greenville, was a pedestrian bridge over a falls. In our case we replaced a car bridge with a beautiful suspension bridge for pedestrians.

Nicola said...

Welcome to the Daily Photo bloggers from Wiesbaden and the Rheingau! I can imagine that this would be a nice location for a restaurant or cafe there. People could sit there and watch out to the water.

dutchie said...

And another welcome from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Looks like a very nice spot indeed!

Thiên said...

The red building? The top part you mean? It is part of the plant. I've never been up there I'm not really sure how it's set up. The red building behind there is also part of the plant.

Thiên said...

Though the water has risen quite high several times in the five years I have lived as a resident here, I don't know how high it's gotten on that building. We have markers on this side of the banks with indicators to show the flood levels. I'll try and snap a shot of it to show you the amazing water levels during our terrible floods.

Pen said...

I am a native Seguinite and love our park. I really miss the drive along the west banks of the Guadalupe River.

I am not sure if they are still there, but use to you could sit on the banks near the water fall right around sunset and watch the bats slowly inch down from under the roof of this tower. It looked like a black blob oozing out.

After they all appeared and had warmed theirselves in the sitting sun they would begin to fly off.

Really cool.

Thiên said...

Hi Pen, hope you visit again. Thanks for stopping by. We use to love doing this also but never got to enjoy the bats at that location. However, my husband and I have seen them coming out of one of the old buildings downtown and also from one of the church steeples during one of our walks.

Anonymous said...

The dam itself is named Saffold Dam, named after the late William Saffold. William owned part of the land that the dam now sits on. A man named Henry Troell later added more rocks to the dam to raise the water level to power the cotton gin that use to be inside the red building (gristmill). That building later provided electricity to Seguin in 1890.

Woody said...

And the dam you see today was built by workers from the National Youth Administration -- a make work project from the last time we had massive unemployment.

Completed in 1938 to designs by Robert H.H. Hugman, who later became "the Father of the San Antonio Riverwalk", this concrete dam allows the water to spill over the lip of the dam, rather than pouring around and between the rocks as before.

With its wide, gracefully curving lines, it is the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas. (Says me. LOL.)