It was 100 years ago that irrigation water flowed into the Imperial Valley for the first time, changing a desolate desert into a land where plush fields continue to feed the nation and the world. This month the Imperial Irrigation District is celebrating all that it took to build the Imperial Valley into what it is today — and it all started with water.
On Sunday in the Imperial Valley Press you will find a supplement showcasing the history of water in the Imperial Valley. That history is filled with tales of men and women who saw the potential wealth in the desert frontier and were willing to do what it took to tame the region.
You will see historic photographs that show clearly just how difficult it was to bring water to the Valley and to have that water spread throughout the area so land could be turned from sand and dirt into rich soil in which countless types of crops could be grown.