Publication Year

1976

Keywords

California, San Bernardino Valley, Frank E. Brown, water, utilities, local government

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences | Public History | United States History | Urban, Community and Regional Planning | Water Resource Management

Abstract

"The study of history amounts to an unending search for the truth." It seeks to discover, comprehend, and explain the recoverable truth about all that people have said, thought, done or suffered in the course of time. Its purpose and ambition is to understand a given problem from the inside by examining the present traces of the past. History achieves its purpose by asking two fundamental questions: exactly what the evidence is and what it means. Thus, knowledge of all the sources, and competent criticisms of them, are the basic requirements for a reliable historiography. [...] It is with this view, method, and purpose of history I have written this study. I selected a main area of study that would allow me to examine primary evidence.

The study of Frank Brown's role in the development of East San Bernardino Valley is significant on its face value because his leadership in the Valley was instrumental in its early development, and more importantly, because this essay is not the first on this particular aspect of local history, but because it utilizes evidence that has never before been used in research. For those interested in California and United States history, this study also reveals many important trends present at the close of the 19th century. It provides a specific example of the California 'boom" psychology, patterns of settlement in Southern California, and the Easterners' motivations for moving west.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

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