Escondido Mutual Water Company (California)


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Product Details


Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Escondido Mutual Water Company dating back to the 1920's and 1930's. This document, which has been signed by the company President and Secretary, was printed by Goes, and measures approximately 11" (w) by 8 1/2" (h).


The certificate's detailed vignette features an allegorical female figure holding a cornucopia hovering over a farm valley.


The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

    Historical Context

    In 1889, the Escondido Irrigation District was formed in order to augment local agricultural water supplies. During 1894 and 1895, the Escondido Canal was constructed to bring water from the San Luis Rey River basin and the original Lake Wohlford dam was constructed to store this supply.


    Due to financial difficulties, the Escondido Mutual Water Company was formed in 1904 to acquire and improve the facilities of the District. The improved Escondido Canal and enlarged Lake Wohlford thus provided the main supply to areas outside the city limits. By 1923, the growing City had incorporated areas served by the Mutual Company and had begun to acquire rights and facilities of the Mutual Company within the City to augment the municipal supply. Also, in 1923 the San Diego County Water Company constructed Lake Henshaw by damming the San Luis Rey River, in order to increase the yield from that basin. Rather than build a completely independent system, that company jointly funded certain improvements with Escondido Mutual to transmit the water from Lake Henshaw to Lake Wohlford, and then to the service area of what is now Vista. This resulted in a dual-agency water supply arrangement that persists to the present day.


    In 1970, following a long, drawn-out process, the City of Escondido acquired the Escondido Mutual Water Company.