Category Archives: History

California’s Water System, a Global Wonder

We too often forget how wonderful the work done by our ancestors—unfortunately not kept up or improved since—did to bring water to the entire state, store it for dry years, and control it to protect from floods, but this story … Continue reading

Posted in History, Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Water is For Fighting

I believe it was Mark Twain who said, “whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting”, anyway, the old California battle rages on, as this article from the San Francisco Chronicle, reports. An excerpt. CLEMENTS, San Joaquin County — When … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics, Water

Delta is New National Heritage Area

This is very good news from The Reporter, and news we hope someday can be said about the American River Watershed, including the Parkway, for its distinctive historical importance—the Gold Rush being the prime example—as noted in our 2007 Research … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, History

Two Faces of Environmental Movement

Once when we really needed them and once when not so much. First, when we needed them: At Owens Lake as this story from California Sun reports. A century ago, Los Angeles pulled a sensational swindle. Agents from the city posed … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History, Shasta Auburn Dam

St. Francis Dam

This article from the Los Angeles Times is a grim reminder that big dams should be built by big government and this one was not; built by the city of Los Angeles and it failed due to bad engineering, as … Continue reading

Posted in History, Shasta Auburn Dam

Locke, Uncertain Future?

Good story from the California Sun, about one of our family’s favorite places and you can join the Locke Foundation at to help out.. An excerpt. Perched along a river bank in the California Delta is the only surviving … Continue reading

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Mass Suburbanization & Ethnic Flight

Great article from New Geography. An excerpt. For the first decades of mass suburbanization, the movement from urban cores often has been referred to as “white flight”. But now major metropolitan area living patterns indicate something much different, what might … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, History