The Greening of Paradise Valley
The First 100 Years of the Modesto Irrigation District

"The Greening of Paradise Valley, The First 100 Years of the Modesto Irrigation District" was commissioned by the MID in recognition of its centennial year, 1987. Written by Dwight H. Barnes, the book begins with early exploration of California's Central Valley and concludes with events leading

This is a story of a pacesetter, the MID , and how the dreams of Stanislaus County's pioneers were achieved. Today, the MID provides irrigation water and electricity and treats surface water for drinking.

The MID Directors dedicated the book to those men who turned a vision into reality and insured that the land truly owns the water and the power.

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