The audacity of building rivers: Parker Dam and the Colorado River Aqueduct

Southern California, if I may quote myself, didn’t have enough water to support a city, “so they built three great rivers.” Not one or two. Three aqueducts to carry water to “the southland”, as we called it in my youth. The audacity of that act is captured in this map I stumbled across today, from the Metropolitan Water District’s “History and First Annual Report“:

Colorado River Aqueduct

Colorado River Aqueduct

Click to blow it up. Really.


  1. What a great reference you found John. I’m going to pour over this and get some of the history that I have missed elsewhere. Thanks.

    Parker Dam is a fascinating place in the grand scheme of things on the Colorado.


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