The Journal of San Diego History
Summer 1978, Volume 24, Number 3
Thomas L. Scharf, Managing Editor

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Elisha S. Babcock

Page 369. Elisha S. Babcock resolved to make the Southern California Mountain Water Company the supplier of San Diego’s water.

John D. Spreckels

Page 370. Millionaire San Francisco sugar magnate John D. Spreckels organized the Southern California Mountain Water Company in 1895 by purchasing half of Babcock’s Otay Water Company. He retained Babcock as a business manager and representative in San Diego.

San Diego Flume trestle

Page 374. One of the 315 trestles of the San Diego Flume crosses the El Cajon Valley about 1900.

portion of the flume

Page 374. A portion of the flume winds its way overland to San Diego.

Page 375. Workmen are engaged in construction of the San Diego Flume in a mountainous area. The flume brought water thirty-six miles to the city from a diversion dam on the San Diego River.

Page 378. Charles Hardy, a San Diego merchant, was a member of the city’s “Business Men’s Association” which supported Spreckels’ Mountain Water Company.