William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles

William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles

Catherine Mulholland


William Mulholland presided over the construction of a water method that without end replaced the process southern California's historical past. Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, was once the manager architect of the Owens Valley Aqueduct—a undertaking score in significance and bold with the Panama Canal—that introduced water to semi-arid l. a. from the plush Owens Valley. the tale of Los Angeles's quest for water is either recognized and infamous: it's been the topic of the vintage but traditionally distorted motion picture Chinatown, in addition to many different debts. this primary full-length biography of Mulholland demanding situations a number of the winning types of his lifestyles tale and sheds new gentle at the heritage of l. a. and its dating with its so much prized source: water.

Catherine Mulholland, the engineer's granddaughter, offers insights into this tale that family members familiarity presents, and provides to our historic realizing with vast fundamental examine in resources equivalent to Mulholland's lately exposed workplace documents, newspapers, and division of Water and tool information. She scrutinizes Mulholland's life—from his early life in eire to his victorious crowning glory of the Owens Valley Aqueduct to the tragedy that ended his occupation. This brilliant portrait of a wealthy bankruptcy within the heritage of la is greater with a beneficiant collection of formerly unpublished photographs.

Los Angeles occasions top Nonfiction ebook of 2000

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