The soil was untouched, multi-thousands of alluvial floods left it flat and rich with nutrients. Limited water and an abundant supply of heat kept the land from being invaded by a plow.
That is until astute businessmen noticed the geography of the Valley, rich soil, and one of the world’s greatest rivers sixty miles to the east.
The year was 1900 when the California Development Company began building a series of canals that lead from the Colorado River to the flatlands of the Imperial Valley.
At the same time the river flooded and broke through the dams. The Colorado River flowed directly into the Imperial Valley.
The water flowed down to the lowest point for sixteen months. This lowest point became the became known as the Salton Sea.