Tag Archives: History of Imperial Valley

Homage to The River Boat Queen by Carlos and Joseph Najera

In our modern times The Fiesta Queen had sailed out of Laughlin, Nevada. She provided tours along the Colorado River and she offered dinner cruises as well. She was a common sight on the river for several years up and down … Continue reading

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Highway 111 by Joseph Najera

Here we are, my family. My mother must have been the one who took the photo. I look to be about six or seven so the year was 1953 or 1954. That is Chris on the left. She is 12 … Continue reading

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Barbara Worth by Joseph Najera

One motion picture that my father talked about was called “The Winning of Barbara Worth.” It was originally a novel, by Harold Bell Wright. He lived in the Imperial Valley and wrote this story about the valley’s origins. The novel … Continue reading

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A Trip to Sonoita by Carlos and Joseph Najera

Morelos Dam. Laguna Diversion Dam. Imperial Dam. Palo Verde Dam. Headgate Rock Dam. Parker Dam. Davis Dam. Hoover Dam. Glen Canyon Dam. Price-Stubb Dam. Grand Valley Diversion Dam. Windy Gap Dam. Granby Dam. Shadow Mountain Dam. Blue Mesa Dam. Dillon … Continue reading

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A Trip to Sonoita by Carlos and Joseph Najera

Morelos Dam. Laguna Diversion Dam. Imperial Dam. Palo Verde Dam. Headgate Rock Dam. Parker Dam. Davis Dam. Hoover Dam. Glen Canyon Dam. Price-Stubb Dam. Grand Valley Diversion Dam. Windy Gap Dam. Granby Dam. Shadow Mountain Dam. Blue Mesa Dam. Dillon … Continue reading

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Brawley, California 1948 by Carlos Najera

I am working now in the Imperial Valley for the Irrigation District. There are many miles of canals and smaller channels and ditches that feed the thirsty land.   This valley has become one of the richest agricultural regions in … Continue reading

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The World According to Bugs #2 by Joseph and Carlos Najera

My mother was diagnosed with TB shortly after I was born. In 1950 she was placed in the Maryknoll Hospital in Monrovia, California. My father could not take care of us four kids and work full-time so he sent us … Continue reading

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Fox in the Icehouse (1930) by Carlos Najera

I was 22 years old then. There wasn’t much of a future there in Oxnard. I could work on the farms, and I did, but I was a high school graduate when most of the people in town did not finish … Continue reading

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Joe’s Haircut by Joseph Najera

I know what you would say to yourself, the first time you see me.  You don’t have to be polite.  “Why doesn’t he get a haircut?” and it would be true.  I don’t like cutting my hair.  I never have.  … Continue reading

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To Everything . . . by Carlos Najera

Pictured here are Ricardo and Enrique Flores Magon. They were among the many revolutionaries who rose up against the Mexican government. Their headquarters was on the West Coast. Their goal was to capture Ensenada  and create a socialist state in … Continue reading

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