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Old     (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       06-15-2006, 12:33 PM Reply   
Someone asked me the other day how the delta came to be, who built it and how long it took. Does anyone have information on the history of the delta, how it came to be and why?

P.S. the search function is bunk, typing "delta" gives you ZERO hits!
Old     (melanie_g)      Join Date: Jul 2002       06-15-2006, 12:37 PM Reply   
Google seemed to work:

"history of california delta"
Old     (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       06-15-2006, 12:41 PM Reply   
Here you go....(cut and pasted):

The Delta was originally populated by the Maidu Indians. Spanish explorers first arrived on the scene in 1772, and were followed by many others, including the trappers who introduced malaria in the early 1800's, resulting in the death of many of the Maidu people. With the discovery of gold in the California foothills, men began to flock to this new world in search of their fortune. At the same time, settlement of the Delta was commencing. These early farmers needed a way to keep their lands from flooding in the spring and winter, and thus began the construction of the levee system which defines the Delta today. A large population of Chinese had come to the area following the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, and provided much of the labor to build the levees. The first levees were made from the peat soil of the Delta, which is great for growing crops, but not a very good building material. These early levees were prone to leak and fail, and by the late 1800's, the recently invented clamshell dredge had taken over the building of the levees. This construction lasted for about 40 years, and the maintenance continues to this day.
Old    crash_vin            06-15-2006, 9:31 PM Reply   
good info i love our delta
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       06-15-2006, 9:58 PM Reply   
If you get a chance visit the town of "Locke" out near rioVista I think. There is still a small Chinese population there from those days and they have some cool little museum type things there that show some of that history. There's a cool saloon / restaurant there too "Al the Wap's"
Old     (tommyc)      Join Date: Nov 2003       06-15-2006, 10:17 PM Reply   
I went to Al's today with an old Delta veteran. It's coll and so is Locke. Check it out, the Delta is so cool.

Hey Rich, when you comin to visit?
Old     (kikitlo)      Join Date: Jul 2005       06-16-2006, 11:44 AM Reply
Old     (dococ)      Join Date: Mar 2002       06-16-2006, 6:22 PM Reply   
Where's Teri when we need her?


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