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 William Mulholland

William Mulholland

Birth
Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death 22 Jul 1935 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Memorial Terrace, Sanctuary of Meditation, Mausoleum Crypt 6395
Memorial ID 6683 · View Source
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Engineered the Los Angeles aqueduct, bringing water to the city of Los Angeles. He also worked on the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam and the Colorado Aqueduct. He engineered the Mulholland Dam located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. Completed in 1924, its' reservoir holds 2.5 billion gallons of water for Hollywood and surrounding communities. At one time he was the favorite to become mayor of Los Angeles but stated: "I'd rather give birth to a porcupine backward". His career and reputation were ultimately ruined by the bursting of the St. Francis dam in 1928, which he engineered. It killed approximately 500 citizens of Ventura County. An inquest placed responsibility for the disaster on improper engineering, design, and governmental inspection, it also recommended that Mulholland not be held responsible because he had no way of knowing that the dam's site contained unstable rock formations (which were ultimately determined to be the cause of failure). Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles is named after him. William Mulholland died in 1935 of Parkinson's disease.

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  • Added: 17 Oct 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6683
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Mulholland (11 Sep 1855–22 Jul 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6683, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .