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1 /1 pts
Why were agents purchasing land in the early 1900s?
Los Angeles was experiences rapid growth and needed a water source
O They wanted to sell it at a higher price and make a profit
O They needed land for development of new housing
O Los Angeles needed land for farming, as it is the nation's top state for agriculture
Residents of the Eastern Sierra soon realized much of the water rights were now owned by Los
Angeles interests. L.A. proceeded to drain the valley, taking the water via a great aqueduct to
fuel the metropolis' explosive growth. This scheme became an essential piece of California
history and the subject of the classic 1974 film "Chinatown." In the Owens Valley, it is still known
as the original sin that sparked decades of hatred for Los Angeles as the valley dried up and
ranchers and farmers struggled to make a living....
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- Fall '06