Brian McNece

If you had to give a date of birth to the Imperial Valley, most people would accept the date of June 21, 1901, when canal water from the Colorado River began to irrigate the first crops.

Native Americans were actually the first settlers, though none of them found any good reason to spend the summers. Instead they moved from the ocean to the mountains to the great Lake Cahuilla and to the Colorado River and beyond, following the seasons.

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