Near Calexico in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Irrigation Water Into Imperial Valley
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 32° 40.183′ N, 115° 26.083′ W. Marker is near Calexico, California, in Imperial County. Marker is on Anza Road when traveling west. The marker is just south of where Anza Road crosses the All-American Canal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Calexico CA 92231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Salvation (approx. 3.4 miles away); Calexico Carnegie Library (approx. 3.4 miles away); United States Inspection Station (approx. 3½ miles away); Hotel De Anza (approx. 3½ miles away); Site of Rancho El TecoloteHarold Bell Wright (approx. 9.1 miles away); Holtville (approx. 10.3 miles away); City of Holtville (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calexico.
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1. When the Imperial Valley Fought for its Life.
When it became known that the area was going to be developed, many people moved into the desert valley. Five townsites were surveyed and thousands of acres were made ready for farming and crops planted. Several orchards were planted by farmers looking toward the future. In the new towns businesses were started and everything was getting off to a good start. During 1904, a branch railroad was extended from Old Beach to Calexico, not only opening distant markets for Valley products but making the area seem less remote.(Submitted on July 3, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
The Fall of 1903 brought the first indication that progress might not continue as smoothly as had been hoped. It was not in the form of an overwhelming disaster, but appeared only as a small cloud on the horizon as warning of an approaching storm.
A chain of events, some caused by man, and others brought about by the wild and unpredictable Colorado river, would change the wonderful dream of many into a nightmare.
2. History of Irrigation in the Imperial Valley.
The story of the Imperial Valley is synonymous with the dream of irrigating the desert...(Submitted on July 3, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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