Landowners could subdivide big wheat farms and create opportunities for multiple land sales. This generated much enmity among the agricultural community of the owens valley. His hero status would forever be tarnished by the st. The aqueduct is one of the most controversial water projects in u. The farmers, ranchers and other residents living in owens valley had plans of their own for. Using diaries, public reports, newspaper accounts, and more, standiford crafts this straightforward dual biography of the man and his project.
Water to the angels is the history of the owens valley aqueduct built between 1908 and 19 by mulholland, a selftaught engineer and irish immigrant. Alas, mulholland was to experience the proverbial rise and fall story. The capacity of the aqueduct is approximately 480 cfs 300,000 acre feet per year. This path was closed in 1988 due to bicyclist safety and liability issues. The aqueduct construction was overseen by william mulholland and was finished in 19. And that truth deals more in colonization land grabs, duplicity, violence, oppression, and starvation than in. Whether a fictional piece deserves attention in a historical book is debatable. At the time of its completion, it was considered to be a great engineering feat, second only to the panama canal. In 1907, irish immigrant william mulholland conceived and built one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history.
Its a important engineering achievement and a historical landmark that you may have driven by on a daily basis and never really appreciated its. Department of water and power event, historical photos, discussions about water usage, museum exhibits, and even a 100mule train. By july 1905, eaton had bought up enough land to secure the land and water rights to build the aqueduct. Once the city received diversion permits, water exports jumped in 1970, adding 110,000 af that year into the aqueduct system. Readers may have long since tired of the seemingly endless string of exposes about the corrupt history of our nations most enigmatic city. Nov 03, 20 but as with all things, the aqueduct also came at a price. Its a disturbingly apt moment for a new book about the chief. Francis dam disaster which occurred 15 years later in march, 1928. In the preface to his own book water to the angels, les standiford tells readers. Completed aqueduct with a full owens lake in the background. Aqueduct falls, aka the cascades, between newhall and san fernando, 1914. William mulholland 1855 1935 theodore roosevelt 1858. Forget chinatown, get the real story of californias. William mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern californias history.
Standifords book starts, full of portent, on march 12, 1928, just before midnight. Click on an area on the map or a link below to get a daily snapshot as of 7 a. Unquestionably, mulholland figures in the history of the state as a major actor. William mulholland 1855 1935 theodore roosevelt 1858 1919 fred eaton 1856 1934. The cascades opened a year earlier, marking the completion of william mulhollands importation of.1353 1147 30 1118 1265 923 1226 750 1479 527 318 1388 619 846 1347 40 784 1405 1526 102 414 1147 207 72 691 1433 54 1194 1070 457 879 560