“A Great Encouragement for Others”

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:
“A Great Encouragement for Others”

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This chapter talks about private irrigation. It states that the Southern Pacific Company transferred the control over the water supply of the valley to a newly created public body, the Imperial Irrigation District. The chapter examines the different activities of the Southern Pacific on behalf of irrigation, such as the water prospecting and irrigation experiments that helped shape the future of the south-eastern California desert and other arid regions. It ends with a discussion on the investments of railroad people into their personal irrigation enterprises.

Keywords: private irrigation; Imperial Irrigation District; water prospecting; irrigation experiment; California desert; investment; personal irrigation enterprises

Chapter.  6753 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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