“The Satisfactory Supply is yet Undiscovered”

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520200197
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940864 | DOI:
“The Satisfactory Supply is yet Undiscovered”

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This chapter is focused on the role of the Southern Pacific as a pioneer in the development of water sources in its territories. It studies the position of the Southern Pacific in the various stages of water development in California and the western regions. The chapter looks at the early water sources that were established by the Southern Pacific, along with the expansion and modernization of their water systems. It ends with a look at the slow withdrawal of the Southern Pacific Company from the water business, one of the main reasons for which was the scarcity of the water supply.

Keywords: water sources; pioneer; water development; expansion; modernization; water business; withdrawal; water supply

Chapter.  8313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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