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Granddaughter Of Southern California Water Pioneer Dies In Ventura County

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 2:07pm

A Ventura County woman related to a legendary figure in Southern California history has died.  Catherine Mulholland was the granddaughter of controversial water pioneer William Mulholland.

William brought water to Southern California in the early 1900’s by building a 230 mile long aqueduct from the Owens Valley, to the Los Angeles area.  He was a hero to Los Angeles leaders, but was disliked by many Central California farmers, who feel he stole their water.

Catherine Mulholland believed her grandfather had been unfairly tarnished for his role in bringing water to a thirsty region.  A decade ago, she wrote a book seeking to provide a more accurate portrait of her grandfather, who has sometimes been portrayed as a water barron.

Mulholland died of natural causes in her Camarillo home.  She was 88 years old.

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