And the Population Bomb Keeps Ticking
|The DeBell golf course in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles. The non-thinking politicians keep draining every drop of water out of California by packing in more and more water sucking golf courses, businesses, homes and people.|
The Bessie Brady steamship on Owens Lake.
Before Los Angeles sucked it into a dry dust bowl, Owens Lake served the communities of the eastern Sierras. Now the L.A. water interests say they need the Sacramento Delta water. They say "Don't worry about a thing."
In Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range, desert steamers once served the silver mining boom of the 1870’s. This curious maritime history began in 1872 when the first steamboat was christened on the saline waters of Owens Lake. The pioneer steamer, the Bessie Brady, proudly proclaimed to be "The Pioneer inland steamer of the Pacific Coast.” Though this was untrue, as steamers had already been used in Lake Tahoe in 1864, in Meadow Lake in 1866, and Donner Lake a few years later, the sight of a steamboat in the midst of Death Valley must have been a strange site.