William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles

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University of California Press, 06 մյս, 2002 թ. - 411 էջ
William Mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern California's history. Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, was the chief architect of the Owens Valley Aqueduct—a project ranking in magnitude and daring with the Panama Canal—that brought water to semi-arid Los Angeles from the lush Owens Valley. The story of Los Angeles's quest for water is both famous and notorious: it has been the subject of the classic yet historically distorted movie Chinatown, as well as many other accounts. This first full-length biography of Mulholland challenges many of the prevailing versions of his life story and sheds new light on the history of Los Angeles and its relationship with its most prized resource: water.

Catherine Mulholland, the engineer's granddaughter, provides insights into this story that family familiarity affords, and adds to our historical understanding with extensive primary research in sources such as Mulholland's recently uncovered office files, newspapers, and Department of Water and Power archives. She scrutinizes Mulholland's life—from his childhood in Ireland to his triumphant completion of the Owens Valley Aqueduct to the tragedy that ended his career. This vivid portrait of a rich chapter in the history of Los Angeles is enhanced with a generous selection of previously unpublished photographs.

Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Book of 2000
 

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WILLIAM MULHOLLAND AND THE RISE OF LOS ANGELES

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The remarkable life of the self-taught, Irish-born civil engineer who led the long, extraordinary effort to bring water to early Los Angeles.Catherine Mulholland (The Owensmouth Baby, not reviewed ... Read full review

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A Plan Revealed 1905 II 2
112
I2 Preparations for an Aqueduct and a Trip to Washington
126
I3 The Big Job Begins 1907 I4 I
141
I4 The Chief and the General 1908
159
The Best Year 1909
171
I6 Troubles and Interruptions 1910
183
Aqueduct Progress and Political Fireworks 1911
196
I8 The Investigation 1912
209
I9 The Completion of the Aqueduct 1913
228
O After the Aqueduct 19141919
249
More Dynamite 19251927 2 99
299
Afterword
333
Bibliography
385
Index
393
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Catherine Mulholland is author of Calabasas Girls: An Intimate History (1976) and The Owensmouth Baby: The Making of a San Fernando Town (1987).

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