Creation of the Salton Sea

A History Trove Book

  Birth of the Inland Sea: 

How the Colorado River Created the  Salton Sea

The Salton Sea, circa 1920. From The Sunset Route: El Paso to Los Angeles, a souvenir book commissioned by the Southern Pacific for its passengers.
  

BIRTH OF THE INLAND SEA

HOW THE COLORADO RIVER CREATED THE SALTON SEA

BY

ELLEN LLOYD TROVER

Birth of the Inland Sea

310 page trade paperback describing the creation of the Salton Sea, with 105 old photos and maps plus 26 new photos and a map. Retail price: $24.95, available here at 10% off plus free shipping in the US (California residents must pay sales tax)

$22.45

In autumn 1904, the California Development Company cut an opening in the Colorado River bank, four miles south of the US/Mexican border, to send irrigation water via an earthen canal to farms in Imperial Valley. By April 1905, major floods on the Colorado proved more than makeshift dams could handle, and the river diverted course to the site of the Salton Sea.

Based on accounts by C.R. Robinson, who unintentionally allowed the River to escape, and H.T. Cory, who, with the resources of the Southern Pacific Railroad, closed the breach, as well as newspaper articles, professional reports, and other early Twentieth Century account, Birth of the Inland Sea explains how the Salton Sea came to be. With 105 early photographs and maps, plus 26 modern photographs and a map of the Sea, the book graphically sets the background for today’s news that the Sea is rapidly shrinking.

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