The Trial of the Century: "Lux v. Haggin" and the Conflict Over Water Rights in Late Nineteenth-Century California
the late 1870s a titanic legal struggle developed in the southernmost region of California's agricultural heartland, the San Joaquin Valley. Two mutually exclusive doctrines of water law, one allowing for irrigation, appropriationism, and the other denying this right, riparianism, clashed in the courtrooms, the legislatures, and the farmlands of California. Most Cal- ifornians at the time believed that the court case that pitted these two doc- trines against each other, Lux v. Haggin, would decide the fate of California's future economic development. This article examines the causes and conse- quences of Lux
This article is published as Bremer,J., The Trial of the Century:’ Lux v. Haggin and The Conflict Over Water Rights in Late Nineteenth-Century California., The Southern California Quarterly, 1999, 81(2);197-220. Doi: 10.2307/41171945. Posted with permission.