Land Bargain in L.A.: 50 Cents an Acre!



Read the entire edition online at USC, scanned from a copy at the Huntington Library.

March 28, 1863: The city of Los Angeles is selling 2,000 acres “within the eastern boundary of the city” at a minimum price of 50 cents an acre ($9.19 USD 2012).

The Los Angeles Star visits the new waterworks and describes its construction.

The project consists of a dam 395 feet long “formed by a double row of 24-foot piles driven 18 feet into the ground.”

“From the reservoir formed by this dam the water will be lifted to a height of 40 feet by a wheel revolving by the action of a current formed by a flow of water from the dam.”

“The water thus elevated is delivered on the north bank of the river and will be received in a covered ditch, one foot by two in size, and conveyed to a point near the Catholic burying ground, a distance of about one-half of a mile, where it is proposed to build a reservoir and from whence citizens will be furnished with water through the medium of pipes.”

Mrs. Jane Swisshelm seems to want to exterminate all the Native Americans in Minnesota.




About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to Land Bargain in L.A.: 50 Cents an Acre!

  1. Benito says:

    Building a reservoir near the “catholic burying ground” could have contaminated the water, and was a bad public heatlh move. The Bronte sisters probably died due to groundwater contamination by a nearby cemetery. See


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