SACRED FOOLS | ADVENT CALENDAR - A Mulholland Christmas Carol (Day 12)

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In 1875, Frederick Eaton (1856 March 11, 1934) became head of the Los Angeles City Water Company[2], where he hired Mulholland as a ditch-digger in 1878. When Eaton became Mayor, he created the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, appointing Mulholland as superintendent. Together, they planned and organized the Aqueduct, which was completed in 1913.

Eaton used inside information from the Aqueduct project to enrich himself and his friends at the expense of the city of Los Angeles and other landowners. Eaton claimed in an interview with the Los Angeles Express in 1905 that he turned over all his water rights to the city of Los Angeles without being paid for them, "except that I retained the cattle which I had been compelled to take in making the deals . . . and mountain pasture land of no value except for grazing purposes."[3] See California Water Wars for more information. Eventually, the story goes, his demands became so great that they ruptured his relationship with Mulholland. Eaton wanted a million dollars for some land needed by Mulholland to build a dam reservoir. Mulholland refused to buy and relocated the dam. This relocated dam was the St. Francis Dam, which soon collapsed.  [ From Wikipedia ]


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