Gage Canal collection
Finding aid prepared by Serena Rodholm, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
Title: Gage Canal collection
Date (inclusive): circa 1891-1975
Collection Number: MS 002
0.42 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
Abstract: This collection contains newspaper
clippings, articles, and other material on the history of the Gage Canal, the system built
in 1898 to supply water to the city of Riverside, California. Materials in the collection
cover the sale of the Gage Canal company, various lawsuits and legal issues, and
correspondence and photographs belonging to John M. Mylne, the superintendent and engineer
of the Gage Canal System.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be
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and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements,
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rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed
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[identification of item], [date if possible]. Gage Canal collection (MS 002). Special
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Processed by Serena Rodholm, 2017.
Processing of the Gage Canal collection was completed by undergraduate students from the
University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University
Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR
Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.
The Gage Canal was built in the 1880s by Matthew Gage, a Canadian jeweler who filed a claim
on 640 acres of land in the recently formed agricultural settlement of Riverside,
California. In order for Gage to receive the title to his claim, he was required to bring
water to the land, so he began the construction of a canal from the Santa Ana River in San
The Gage Canal, which eventually extended 20.13 miles, irrigated much of the city and
allowed for the development of the city of Riverside as well as the expansion of the local
Collection Scope and Contents
This collection contains newspaper clippings, articles, and other material on the history
of the Gage Canal, the sale of the Gage Canal company, and various lawsuits and legal
issues. Materials in the collection also include correspondence, family diary entries, and
photographs belonging to John M. Mylne, the superintendent and engineer of the Gage Canal
The collection is arranged topically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Gage Canal Company
Water--Law and legislation--West (U.S.)
Genres and Forms of Materials
Clippings (information artifacts).
Box 1, Folder 1
Gage Canal history
Box 1, Folder 2
Legal Issues and Lawsuits
Box 1, Folder 3
Riverside Water Company and Gage Canal Company Sale
Box 1, Folder 4
Riverside City Takeover of Gage Canal
Box 1, Folder 5
Mylne, John M
Box 1, Folder 7
Correspondence - John M Mylne to Norman Irving
Box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence - John M. Mylne to Arthur Holden
Box 1, Folder 9
Box 1, Folder 10