+
Melanie Wong | Aug 18, 201912:26 PM     3

" . . . old Tulare Lake, which rose by flood and sank by drought. Four tribes of Yokut lived along its shores. On the shallow bottom, the women fished mussels and clams with their toes. The nets of the Chinese during the Gold Rush caught terrapin that was served as turtle soup in the fanciest restaurants of San Francisco. Then the men of cotton, driven out of the South by the boll weevil, put the five rivers into canals and dried up the lake. They made a new plantation here. Before he died at age 86, J.G. Boswell told me what a fool he and his forebears had been for wasting water, sun, and soil in California to raise fiber, of all things. Cotton still grows on the lake bottom, but less and less each year. Thousands of acres of pistachio trees now await the next flood. Boswell pumps reach 2,500 feet into the earth looking for water to grow crops, looking for water to sell. For now, they’re selling to farmers like Resnick who can pay the price. . . "

A Kingdom from Dust

A story of power, drought, migrant labor, and an insatiable drive to expand.

story.californiasunday.com
Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend

More from Chowhound

Anthony Bourdain's Chef's Knife, Records & Other Belongings to Be Auctioned
Food Trends

Anthony Bourdain's Chef's Knife, Records & Other Belongings to Be Auctioned

by David Watsky | Nearly 200 items personally accrued by the late Anthony Bourdain will go to auction next month including...

The Trader Joe's Lunchbox Staple This Cookbook Author & Mom Keeps on Hand
Food Trends

The Trader Joe's Lunchbox Staple This Cookbook Author & Mom Keeps on Hand

by David Watsky | School lunches for young ones can start to feel like mission impossible after a while. On the one...

Get Cozy with These 15 Creamy Mushroom Recipes (No Can Opener Required)
Recipe Round-Ups

Get Cozy with These 15 Creamy Mushroom Recipes (No Can Opener Required)

by Chowhound Editors | Cream and mushrooms are a magical combo, and these creamy mushroom recipes celebrate it in all its...

A Guide to Sage, Our Favorite Fall Herb
Guides

A Guide to Sage, Our Favorite Fall Herb

by Jen Wheeler | Here's everything you need to know about sage, our favorite fall herb. When it comes to the savory...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.