William Mulholland Gave Water to LA and Inspired ‘Chinatown’

Daily Beast: Irish immigrant William Mulholland brought LA the water it needed to grow, even when he was accused of stealing it, and even when it cost the lives of almost 500 innocent people. Mulholland? Sure, you say. I know that name. Isn’t it a twisty street somewhere in Los Angeles, and wasn’t Mulholland Drive the title of an eerie film by David Lynch? And didn’t Roman Polanski and Robert Towne’s movie Chinatown have a character with the sound-alike name of Hollis Mulwray, the L.A. city water engineer......

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