Documentary History of American Water-works

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Pacific States California

California

The first permanent European settlers in California were Franciscans who arrived in the late 18th Century.  They built nineteen missions, several of which had extensive water works.  California became a state on September 9, 1850.

References
1852 An act to provide for the incorporation of Water Companies.  May 3, 1852.

1858 An act for the incorporation of Water Companies.  April 22, 1858.

1870 The General Laws of the State of California, from 1850 to 1864 Inclusive | Also see |
Pages 152-156:  Water Companies

1911 An act to provide for the incorporation and organization and management of municipal water districts.  May 1, 1911.

1952 Indian life at the old missions, by Edith Buckland Webb (reprinted 1982)
Pages 61-83:  Chapter 8 Development of the Mission Water Systems

Guide to the California Water Companies Miscellany

Inventory of the Public Utilities Commission. Annual Reports of Utilities Records: Part I


Alphabetical
Alameda
Anaheim
Antioch
Auburn
Benicia
Berkeley
Chico
Columbia
Colusa
Dutch Flat
Eureka
Fairfield
Folsom
Forest Hill
Fresno
Gilroy
Grass Valley
Hollister
Iowa Hill
Jackson
Livermore
Lompoc
Los Angeles
Marysville
Menlo Park
Modesto
Nevada City
North San Juan
Oakland
Oroville
Petaluma
Placerville
Red Bluff
Red Dog
Redwood City
Rio Vista
Sacramento
St. Helena
Salinas
San Antonio de Padua
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
San Luis Obispo
San Mateo
San Rafael
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
Santa Rosa
Sausalito
Soledad
Sonora
Stockton
Suisun City
Truckee
Ventura
Visalia
Washington
Watsonville
West Berkeley
West Sacramento
Woodland
Yreka

Chronological
1774 1 San Antonio de Padua
1790 2
Santa Barbara
1796 3 Soledad
1808 4 Lompoc
1815 5 San Diego
1815 6 Ventura
1850 7
Sausalito
1851 8 San Francisco
1852 9 Nevada City
1852 10 Sacramento
1853 11 Grass Valley
1853 12 Placerville
1854 13 Sonora
1855 14 Columbia
1855 15 Jackson
1856 16 Washington
1857 17 Auburn
1857 18 Folsom
1857 19 Iowa Hill
1857 20 Petaluma
1858 21 Red Dog
1858 22 Suisun City
1859 23 Dutch Flat
1859 24 Marysville
1859 25 Santa Cruz
1859 26 Stockton
1860 27 North San Juan
1860
Vallejo
1861 28 Forest Hill
1861 29 Red Bluff
1862 31 West Sacramento
1862 31 Yreka
1864 32 Los Angeles
1864 33 Menlo Park
1865 34 San Jose
1867 35 Berkeley
1867 36 Oakland
1868 37 Fairfield
1868 38 Truckee
1869 39 Colusa
1870 40 Mission San Jose
1870 41 San Mateo
1870 42 Santa Clara
1870 43 Vallejo
1871 44 Pasadena
1871 45 San Rafael
1872 46 Gilroy
1873 47 Santa Rosa
1873 48 Woodland
1874 49 San Luis Obispo
1875 50 Alameda
1875 51 Chico
1875 52 Rio Vista
1875 53 Salinas
1875 54 West Berkeley
1876 55 Antioch
1876 56 Fresno
1876 57 Hollister
1876 58 Livermore
1876 59 Modesto
1877 60 Redwood City
1877 61 Visalia
1878 62 Oroville
1878 63 St. Helena
1878 64 Watsonville
1879 65 Anaheim
1879 66 Eureka
1880 67 Benicia
Note: The second column in the chronological table above shows the order in which systems were built in the state. Where no number is shown, a system was proposed but not built.

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