Jun 20, 2013 3:07 PM by Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-ton piece of Southern California history has been moved to save it from destruction.
The 20-foot piece of brick waterway - built to run a grain mill near the San Gabriel Mission - was hauled Thursday across a street to a park where it will be displayed.
Archaeologist John Dietler says the 30,000-pound millrace is the largest of tens of thousands of artifacts found during a dig to uncover historic items on the route of a planned railroad trench near the old mission east of Los Angeles.
Considered high-tech for its time, the mill was built in 1823 by a Boston sailor named John Chapman. He was with a pirate crew that was raiding the coast when the Spanish captured him.
He was later freed and became a builder.
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