Title Letter of Transmittal and Report of W. G. McClure, State Engineer concerning the Owens Valley - Los Angeles Controversy to Governor Friend Wm. Richardson.
Book Condition Used: Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Sacramento, CA: John E. King 1925
Seller ID FGO713-3
8vo. 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches. 101 pp. Text clean, unmarked, except for an ink smudge on page 33, which is likely a result of the printing process. Blue printed wrappers; binding square and tight, minor toning. An exceptionally clean and bright copy. Fine. On November 16, 1924 farmers in the Owens Valley seized the Alabama Gates and dynamited the Owens Valley Aqueduct, which supplied water to Los Angeles, allowing water from the aqueduct to flow into the Owens River. This act of sabotage was one of the last acts in the California Water Wars of the early twentieth century. This volume is a report from Wilbur Fisk McClure, State Engineer, to Governor Friend William Richardson. The report includes back-ground on the Owens Valley resident's efforts to secure relief, engineer's reports on the capacities of the Aqueduct, and numerous commentary and historical documentation about the views of residents of the Owens Valley. McClure was very active in Los Angeles engineering and real estate in the 1880s, and later was appointed State Engineer. The McClure House in Highland Park has been designated as Historic Cultural Monument No. 107 by the City of Los Angeles. However, not enough has been written about the activities of McClure, a founder of the Garvanza neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Letter of Transmittal and Report of W. G. McClure, State Engineer concerning the Owens Valley - Los Angeles Controversy to Governor Friend Wm. Richardson, W. F. McClure, valley people, aqueduct, dynamite, environmental terrorism, water, chinatown