The San Diego River: Dams, Dikes, Floods and Fights

Publishing 3/6/2023
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For nearly a century, the people of San Diego wrestled to control the mercurial San Diego River. Their efforts to keep the river from destroying their valuable harbor while providing water for a growing population led to decades of legal battles over river water rights. Likewise, the divisive question of where to dam the river consumed the town, pitting citizens and civic leaders against one another. The construction of El Capitan Dam temporarily solved the town’s water dilemma but resulted in the removal of a native population. Join author and historian John Martin as he chronicles the lives of those who shaped modern-day San Diego’s water infrastructure.
ISBN: 9781467153461
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Images: 80
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John Martin, a San Diego native, grew up near the river and spent many summer days cooling off in the water by the Old Mission Dam. He has a graduate degree in history and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of San Diego History, with articles ranging from San Diego military history to the development of the town’s water infrastructure, and a regular presenter at the San Diego Congress of History.
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