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Voters ditched plan for Lodi water district in 1926

In 1886, Lodi farmers Ezekiel Lawrence and John Hutchins built a pumping plant on the south bank of the Mokelumne River on Lawrence’s land, just east of today’s Highway 99 bridge. They pumped water out of the river and sent it down a 3-mile ditch to Hutchins’ farm on the south end of Lodi. Their effort to expand this early irrigation system and offer it to other farmers failed.

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