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Imperial Valley Water Supply, 1915-1916.
MANUSCRIPT SMCII : Box 28 : Folder 22
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Imperial Valley Water Supply, 1915-1916
Imperial Valley Water


Allison, J. C., creator


Documents and map relating to a talk given by J. C. Allison on December 18, 1915 about Imperial Valley irrigation and water supply diverted from the Colorado River, particularly regarding flooding and silt deposit. This was during the period when the irrigation system, which had been owned and operated by the California Development Company, was formally purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and then sold to the Imperial Irrigation District.


1915 (issued)


Imperial Irrigation District (Calif.)
California Development Company.
Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Irrigation -- California -- 1910-1920
Irrigation -- California -- Maps
Flood control -- California
Imperial Valley (Calif. and Mexico)
Colorado River (Colo.- Mexico) -- 1910-1920


Even though plans to irrigate the southeast California desert eventually known as the Imperial Valley were made as early as 1859, it was not until 1901 that the California Development Company began contruction of gates and canals diverting water into that area from the Colorado River. Major floods over the next few years prompted the Southern Pacific Railroad, which operated rail service through the affected area, to pay the repair costs itself, essentially giving the railroad control over the California Development Company until it sold the operation to the Imperial Irrigation District in 1916.
Imperial Valley Water.
California Resources Agency Library
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.

Physical Description:

1 file folder; 14 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 1/4 in.




MANUSCRIPT SMCII : Box 28 : Folder 22



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Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.