Posts Tagged ‘Southern California Mountain Water Company’

30th June
2011
written by Richard

When the Brooklyn bridge was built it was pronounced the “eighth wonder of the world,” and now California has another “wonder” to add to the list. This “wonder” is the biggest dam in America, and so far as I have been able to learn from mining and civil engineers, it is the largest in the world. –Harper’s Weekly, January 8, 1898.

The wonder dam that quickly became a dam fiasco: Building Morena Dam.

Setting rock in position at Morena, 1897.

23rd April
2010
written by Richard

A redwood pipe past its prime.

There wasn’t a lawn in the city.  But some people went without baths so they could water their pet shrubs.  Everybody with money left town.  Those who remained became water experts . . .

Read about the Wooden Pipeline to San Diego.