Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family & Farming in the Arizona Desert

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Following enactment of the Reclamation Act, the first federally constructed dam broke ground in Arizona's Salt River Valley in 1905. With the inauguration of Roosevelt Dam, the distant dream of an abundant life in the desert became a reality. The dam and farmer-operated water distribution system tamed the vicious drought, created arable land and became an irrigation model for the West. With the water came farmers and families, all eager for the chance to build new lives and communities. Many were just like the Haley family, farmers from Kentucky and Missouri who settled in the area and whose descendants still call the valley home. Follow their journey and discover a snapshot of the life and community that grew from the ditches of the valley. Author Meredith Haley Whiteley explores this story from the ordinary person's perspective, weaving valley history through drought, loss, plenty and joy.
ISBN: 9781626196940
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Arizona
Series: American Heritage
Images: 37
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Meredith Haley Whiteley is a third-generation native of the Salt River Valley. Growing up, she spent nearly every day on her family's farm, depicted in "Miracle on the Salt River." Before starting a career in university planning and institutional research, Meredith worked on the Carl Hayden Project, among others, and taught Arizona and American history. Retiring early, Meredith returned to earlier interests: Arizona water history and the voices of ordinary people.
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