Owens Valley's - Los Angeles Aqueduct
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All photographs on this pags are from the J. D. Black Collection digital archives located in the Loyola Marymount William H. Hannon Library
unless otherwise noted.

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owens lake 1908
Owens Lake looking east from Olancha in 1906
Photo courtesy of the water Resources Center Archives, Orbach Science Library, University of California, Riverside, CA,

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   "Where Have All the Ranches Gone..."
by Frank M. Madina
(Frank was a Native American of Apache descent who lived in Owens Valley in the early part of the 20th century.)
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san francisco call
THE VALLEY OF BROKEN HEARTS

By C. E. Kunze
The San Francisco Call - 1924
Part 1
Inyo Farmers Loose Their Fight With the City of Los Angeles
Part 2
The Struggle for Water for the Communities of Owens Valley
Part 3
Tragedy Stalks Owens Valley
Part 4
The Fate of Big Pine Rests with the Water Struggle of Bishop
Part 5
"White Gold" Spells Disaster for the Residents of Owens Valley
Part 8
The History of the Los Angeles Aqueduct


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Beginning in 1905 and continuing through the 1920s, Los Angeles' purchased water rights and land throughout Owens Valley as part of their grand plan in the construction of an aqueduct from Owens Valley across the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. This led to a decline in the valley's agricultural infrastructure and economy. A resident of Big Pine and leader of resistance against Los Angeles, J. D. Black (1893-1960) used these photographs to document the deterioration of farming, ranching and local businesses in Owens Valley.
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abandoned farm
Albers farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

abandoned butcher shop
Jake Miller's butcher shop, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

ben mcmurry
Ben McMurry farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

benner farm
Benner farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

steward farm
Bert Steward farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

clark farm
Clark farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

delenah farm
Delanah C. Thomas farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

gordons farm
Gordons farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

hession farm
Hession farmhouse, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

lyman farmLyman farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

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orchard farm
Orchard farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939
partridge farm
Partridge farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

reynolds farm
Reynolds farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

roland farm
Roland McMurry farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

rossi farm
Felix Rossi farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

willis
Roy Willis farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939
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Felix Rossi was the oldest son of Raphael and Mary Rossi.  Fellix married Melvina Pallasier.  They started their ranch on the north side of the Rossi Ranch.  The Rossis sold all the ranches when the city dried them out.  Felix and many of the other Rossis moved to the central valley.  Uncle Raphael moved to Fontana and went into the citrus business.  Joe Rossi stayed in Bishop.  Tony Rossi, my grandfather deeded the acreage that I and many of my cousins live on today, to my grandmother and he moved to Lee Vining.

Duane Rossi
06-20-2019

mcmurry
Sam McMurry house, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

meredith farm
Sam Meredith farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

steward farm
Stewart farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

thomas farm
Thomas farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

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tyler farm
Tyler farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939
unknown farm
Unknown farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

unknown farm
Unknown farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

unknown farm
Unknown farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

utter farm
Lillie J. Utter farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

vernon farm
Vernon G. Smith farm, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

unknown farm
Unknown farmhouse, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

unknown farm
Unknown house, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

jim lane farm
Jim Lane house, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

mcafee
G. A. McAfee house ruins, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

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myers
Myers farmhouse, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939
tate
Tate house ruins, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

tate
Tate house ruins , abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

farrington
Farrington ranch, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

george mell
George Mell farm, abandoned - Bishop

wilson
Wilson ranch, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

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Wilson barn, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

schoolhouse
School house ruins, abandoned - Big Pine: circa 1930 -1939

ditch
Pumping water into ditch bound for Los Angeles - circa 1930

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Pumping water into ditch bound for Los Angeles - circa 1930

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