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William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles
Exact title of book
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles
Book author
Catherine Mulholland
ISBN
9780520234666
Published
May 06, 2002
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
432
File size (in PDF)
3888 kB

Some brief overview of book

William Mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern Californias history. Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, was the chief architect of the Owens Valley Aqueducta project ranking in magnitude and daring with the Panama Canalthat brought water to semi-arid Los Angeles from the lush Owens Valley. The story of Los Angeless 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 engineers granddaughter, provides insights into this story that family familiarity affords, and adds to our historical understanding with extensive primary research in sources such as Mulhollands recently uncovered office files, newspapers, and Department of Water and Power archives. She scrutinizes Mulhollands lifefrom 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This vivid portrait of a rich chapter in the history of Los Angeles is enhanced with a generous selection of previously unpublished photographs.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

About book author

Mulholland is author of Calabasas Girls An Intimate History (1976) and The Owensmouth Baby The Making of a San Fernando Town (1987). 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 engineers granddaughter, provides insights into this story that family familiarity affords, and adds to our historical understanding with extensive primary research in sources such as Mulhollands recently uncovered office files, newspapers, and Department of Water and Power archives. She scrutinizes Mulhollands lifefrom 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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