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Guide to the Philip Martin Water Development Collection MS 188
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This collection consists of documents collected by Philip Martin pertaining to the conflicts related to the development of water resources in San Diego County between 1913 and 1969.
Philip P. Martin was born in Hutchinson, Kansas in the mid 1890s. He moved to San Diego, California as a child, where he attended Our Lady of Peace Academy. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War I and served as first lieutenant. After his military service he owned and operated Martin’s Dairy in Santee, where he was a rancher for 30 years till his retirement in 1951. As riparian landowners along the San Diego River, he and his neighbors were directly affected by water development projects on the river, particularly the construction of the El Capitan Dam. Philip Martin led a lawsuit against the City of San Diego in the mid-1930s concerning the use of that dam. His interest in San Diego’s water problems continued for decades after the case, and he continued to collect related materials and to correspond with city officials on the subjects of dams, flood control, and water reclamation.
1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.
This collection is open for research.