If you have
been keeping track of our social media accounts, you may have noticed that we
have recently started posting photographs from around 1911-1915. Last week
Tanya and I went through an album of incredibly interesting photographs of the
San Antonio Canyon and the Pomona Valley. The San Antonio Canyon is
responsible for carrying water down to the Pomona Valley from the San
Gabriel Mountains. Claremont and this surrounding area is part of the Pomona Valley. However, sometimes the Pomona Valley floods when lots of
water runs down the mountains and through the San Antonio Canyon. Flooding can
cause damage to homes, infrastructure such as roads, and agricultural lands.
This was a huge problem in the early 20th century for local
residents who primarily relied on agriculture for their livelihood.
control was an important issue for people during this time and a variety of
things were done to protect this fertile alluvial plain. These measures were
documented and now they are part of the Willis S. Jones Papers at The Claremont
Colleges Library. There are photos of streams, ditches, rock dams, cement dams,
and even of the damages sustained in certain floods. This album specifically
highlights the Osgoodby Dam in the San Antonio Canyon and a series of floods in
1914 that caused major damages in the Pomona Valley. I have taken
photographs of particularly interesting parts of this album and over the next
several weeks I will be sharing them on our social media accounts, which are
listed below. Join in the conversation with #CLIRWater!
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