L.A. Story, The Los Angeles River and the California Water Wars.


Water is celebrated in HCM #742 the aqueduct c...

Water is celebrated in HCM #742 the aqueduct cascades completed in 1913 that brought water from the Sierras to the parched city (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Go into Wikipedia, and look at the map of the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.  You can see the rough outline of the city and how it developed.

There would have only been enough water to support a city of 250,000.   Mayor Fred Eaton had larger plans and enlisted his buddy William Mulholland to find the water.  He didn’t even need a divining rod to do it.  The Owens Valley had the water he wanted.  To paraphrase Monty Python’s Life of Brian; What did the Romans ever give us?  The aqueduct!  By golly the aqueducts were built draining the Owens Valley, but giving L.A. a chance to grow.  See the movie Chinatown for a fictionalized version of the California Water Wars.

 

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I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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