Jan 1907 Categories: ALL, Events, FloodTimeline, FullTimeline, Places, Things Timelines: ALL, Flood Timeline, Full Timeline

Source(s); Arizona Republic – Thursday January 31, 1907 p. 12; Imperial Valley Press – Saturday January 19, 1907 p. 6, 7 (11); Imperial Valley Press – Saturday January 19, 1907 p. 6, 7 (11); Los Angles Daily Times – Monday January 21, 1907 p. 19; Los Angles Daily Times – Wednesday January 9, 1907 p. 23; A Brief History of the California Development Company by Charles Rockwood – from The Calexico Chronicle Second Annual Magazine Edition – May 1909 p. 28; The Story of the First Decade in Imperial Valley, California by Edgar F. Howe and Wilbur Jay Hall – 1910 p. 124; The Imperial Valley and the Salton Sink by Harry Thomas Cory with Introductory Monograph by William Phipps Blake – 1915 p. 1364-1367, 1368, 1369; The Salton Sea – An Accounting of Harriman’s Fight with the Colorado River by George Kennan – 1917 p. 76-82, 84-86; The First Thirty Years 1901 – 1931 – An Accounting of the Principal Events in the History of Imperial Valley, Southern California, U.S.A. by Otis B. Tout – 1931 p. 107, 108

Image(s); Intake pier in the Salton Sea, eight miles below Yuma, 1906 taken by Harry Thomas Cory (or staff member) working for the Southern Pacific Railroad from USC (University of Southern California) Digital Library

Note(s); To say that the title and description of the picture as it  is on the USC website is ‘off base’ would require that the ‘base’ be on another planet.   Everything written is so woefully incorrect and full of errors there is simply no point in correcting it as only a complete re-write would suffice.

Below is the historically accurate information;

Title; Train Trestle Tracks Used in the Construction of the Clarke Dam
Description; This picture was taken about 4 miles south of the US / Mexican border looking north towards Pilot Knob and the Chocolate Mountains (visible in the background).  The photograph shows sled and barge mounted pile drivers used in the construction of the train trestle as well as several trains and other boats in the distant background.  The work was being conducted because flooding from the Colorado River had destroyed a levee which allowed the entire contents of the river to flow through the Imperial / Alamo Canal system and into the Imperial Valley and Salton Sink.  The objective of their work was to build a new dam and levee system that would turn the Colorado River away from the valley and direct it back to it’s original channel that flowed to the Gulf of California / Sea of Cortez.
Subject(s); Train Trestles, Flooding, Levee Construction, Salton Sea, Colorado River, Imperial Valley
Geographic State and Country; Upper Baja Peninsula, Baja California, Mexico
Date; January 20, 1907 (Same photograph, different print from from Calisphere and UCLA (University of  California Los Angles), Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library dates it precisely)
Photographer; Harry Thomas Cory (or staff member) working for the Southern Pacific Railroad

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