From the bloggers at Rolling in a RV.
The Owens Valley has always been sparsely populated and thanks to the city of Los Angeles it will probably stay that way. The valley was first settled by the Northern Paiute and the Shoshone tribes who built canals to irrigate thier fields.
By the 1860 homesteaders were raising cattle, poultry and fruit. Meanwhile a couple of Los Angeles businessmen and city employees, realizing that the city needed a good source of water if it was to continue to grow, began quietly buying up land and water rights in Owens Valley. By the time Owens Valley residents figured out what was happening it was too late.
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