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William Mulholland (18551935) was a prominent and influential water-services engineer in Southern California. 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... á 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Look up engineer on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Southern California Downtown Los Angeles Skyline Southern California, sometimes abbreviated SoCal, is an informal name for the megalopolis that is the southern one-third of the state of California. ...


He was born in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to New York City in the 1870s, traveled to San Francisco in 1877, worked as a miner in Arizona Territory and finally moved to the city that would build his reputation, Los Angeles. This article is about the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, and the most densely populated major city in North America. ... Events and Trends Technology The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... 1877 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein, or (coal) seam. ... The Arizona Territory was an organized territory of the United States that existed between 1863 and 1912, as well as a territory of the Confederate States of America that existed from 1861 to 1865. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles, ) also known simply as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ...


A self-taught engineer, he took ditch-digging work in San Pedro with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and eventually became head of that agency. Few positions in local government have had such an effect on the fate of a metropolis—Los Angeles is a chapparal-covered desert that was transformed by sprinklers, pipes and Mulholland's public waterworks. Mulholland kept offices on the top floor of Sid Grauman's Million-Dollar Theatre on Broadway, a space now restored and occupied by actor Nicolas Cage. San Pedro is a community within Los Angeles, California, annexed in 1909 and a major seaport of the area. ... Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving 3. ... Sidney Patrick Grauman (March 17, 1879 - March 5, 1950) was an American showman who created one of Southern Californias most recognizable and visited landmarks, Graumans Chinese Theater. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Nicolas Cage on the cover of the March 1997 edition of GQ magazine. ...


The 233-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct, completed in November, 1913, took water from the Owens Valley in Central California in a massive public works project requiring over 2000 workers and 164 tunnels. Water traveling through the aqueduct from the Owens River reached a reservoir in the San Fernando Valley on November 5. At a ceremony that day Mulholland spoke his most famous words about this monumental engineering feat and the fact that the water had been brought to Los Angeles, "There it is. Take it." There are two Los Angeles Aqueducts--the original Los Angeles Aqueduct was designed by William Mulholland (an Irish immigrant who became a self-taught engineer and head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) and completed in 1913 to deliver water from the Owens River to the city... 1913 (MCMXIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Owens Valley is the arid ranching valley of the Owens River in southeastern California in the United States. ... Owens Valley The Owens River is a river in eastern California in the United States, approximately 120 mi (193 km) long. ... San Fernando Valley The San Fernando Valley is an urbanized valley in southern California, lying mostly within the city limits of Los Angeles. ... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ...


The aqueduct drained the 100-square-mile Owens Lake absolutely dry by 1928. The acquisition of water rights had been underhanded (the story is told, in fictionalized form, in the film Chinatown) and Owens Valley farmers resisted violently, even dynamiting the aqueduct at Jawbone Canyon in 1924, by opening the Alabama gates and diverting the flow of water for four days, and raising prices. Los Angeles was forced to negotiate, and Mulholland was quoted as saying he "half-regretted the demise of so many of the valley’s orchard trees, because now there were no longer enough trees to hang all the troublemakers who live there." 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Chinatown is a 1974 film directed by Roman Polanski. ... Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his alfalfa field. ... Violence refers to acts —typically connotative with aggressive and criminal behaviour —which intend to cause or is causing of injury to persons, animals, or (in limited cases) property. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Mulholland's career ended fifteen years later, on March 12, 1928, when his St. Francis Dam failed just 11 hours after being inspected by Mulholland himself, and sent 12.5 billion US gallons (47,000,000 m³) of water flooding into the Santa Clara Valley, north of Los Angeles. A 10-story wall of water rolled down the Santa Clara riverbed at 18 mph (29 km/h) towards the sea at Ventura, and the next morning the sun rose on scenes of unbelievable catastrophe. The town of Santa Paula lay buried under 20 feet (6 m) of mud and debris; other parts of Ventura County were covered up to 70 feet (21 m). Disaster recovery crews worked for days, and the final death count stood at 450, including 42 elementary school children. Mulholland resigned, took full responsibility for the worst civil engineering disaster in United States history, and at one point during the inquest sobbed, "I envy the dead". March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in Leap years). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The St. ... Santa Clara River The Santa Clara River is a river, approximately 116 mi (186 km) long, in southern California in the United States. ... Santa Paula is a city located in Ventura County, California. ...


The legendary Los Angeles road, Mulholland Drive—perhaps second only in L.A. street fame to Sunset Boulevard—is named in his honor. Mulholland died in 1935 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Alternate meaning: Mulholland Dr., a movie named for the road Mulholland Drive is a well-known road in Los Angeles, California named after engineer William Mulholland that runs along the ridgeline (more or less) of the Santa Monica Mountains and their Hollywood Hills, between Coldwater Canyon Drive and the 101... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 79. ...


In the 90's, the artist Frank Black recorded two songs, "Ole Mulholland" (from Teenager of the Year) and "St Francis Dam Disaster" (from Dog in the Sand) about the life and works of Mulholland. Frank Black Frank Black, also known by the stage name Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965 in Boston), is an American musician. ... Released in 1994, Teenager of the Year was Frank Blacks second solo album and features fellow Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago on four tracks. ... Dog in the Sand is largely considered one of Frank Blacks best solo albums, along with the self titled Frank Black and Teenager of the Year. ...


Mulholland was the favorite to become mayor of L.A. but when asked if he was considering it he replied "I'd rather give birth to a porcupine".


External links

  • PBS - The West - William Mulholland
  • LADWP: William Mulholland

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William Mulholland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (538 words)
William Mulholland (1855–1935) was a prominent and influential water-services engineer in Southern California.
Mulholland resigned, took full responsibility for the worst civil engineering disaster in United States history, and at one point during the inquest sobbed, "I envy the dead".
Mulholland died in 1935 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
PBS - THE WEST - William Mulholland (1406 words)
Mulholland and Eaton realized that to acquire the Owens River for Los Angeles, they would have to put an end to this irrigation project -- a task for which Eaton was well qualified.
Mulholland in particular had portrayed the acquisition of the Owens River as a life or death matter for Los Angeles.
Mulholland sent out horseback patrols armed with machine guns, and issued shoot-to-kill orders when the aqueduct was bombed again.
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