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Rare booklet on California irrigation project 1928  

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California: Land of Many Crops. Irrigation the Life Blood of the Pacific Empire


Sacramento, CA

H.S. Crocker Co., Inc.



24 pp. including pictorial self-wrappers. Illustrated from photographs; map. 23x15.5 cm (9x6").

Rare booklet promoting the Sutter Basin Project lands adjacent thereto. Located along the Sacramento River north of its fork with the Feather River, the district was "Among the most complete irrigation, reclamation, diversified farming and colonization enterprises of California." No copies of the booklet are listed in OCLC/WorldCat.

The Sutter Basin Company was founded in 1911 with the aim of developing 45,000 acres of land along the Sacramento River in Sutter County. With funding from Chicago meat packer J. Ogden Armour, a group of businessmen in Sacramento lobbied the state and federal governments to create Reclamation District #1500. The project raised levees on portions of the Sacramento river, constructed the Sutter Bypass, and developmed irrigation canals to re-route the flood waters. Prospective buyers started arriving in 1920 and the Sutter Basin Company continued selling parcels of land until 1946.

Lot Amendments

Some mild corner creases, tiny nick at top edge of front wrapper; very good or better.

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