Site of Blythe Intake

California State Historic Landmark 948

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#948 Blythe Intake
On July 17, 1877, Thomas Blythe, a San Francisco financier, filed the first legal claim for Colorado River water rights. Oliver Callaway planned a diversion dam and canal which opened in 1877 to irrigate the Palo Verde Valley. This made possible the settlement and development of the valley.

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Intake service, US Hwy 95, 10.5 mi N of Blythe at entrance to Palo Verde Diversion Dam.

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