This week, I’m going to share some fun finds I’ve come across while scanning Box 3 of the Imperial Valley Records.
The item on the left advertises a picnic barbeque to gather farmers,
ranchers, and growers in the Imperial Valley area. According to the flier,
speakers (politicians and members of the Imperial Irrigation District), will
talk about the Swing-Johnson Bill and other pertinent legislation that the
citizens need to be aware of. This interested me because it speaks to how the
citizens of the Imperial Valley learned about politics happening in their area.
I also thought it was somewhat amusing how the flier has to assure that this event is a “genuine” get-together
picnic, as if to imply there’s disingenuous events being held.
The item on the right interested me because it continues the rhetoric
and local discourse surrounding the development of the All-American Canal, both
as a concept and in its implementation, which I discussed in my post last week.
This is a pamphlet that discusses the power industry and government control over utilities. At the end of the pamphlet, the author, in my opinion, was quite sarcastic towards his opposition, which supported the Swing-Johnson Bill which would fund the All-American Canal.
So maybe the Salton Sea won’t immediately flood if the Colorado River overflowed, like some proponents argued. Either way, you could say the topic of water, canals, and southern California sure made folks salty back then.
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