As of 2019, the family home at 1143 Fedora Street still stands, although
it was enlarged in 1925.
Such a good boy. Frank Hood, a worker on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, writes home to his mother, Mrs. Forrest Hood of the Pico Union section of Los Angeles,
from a construction camp at Water Canyon in the Mojave Desert.
Cinco, mentioned in his note, was a railroad siding about 16 miles north of the town of Mojave, between Mojave and the Jawbone Siphon.
The postcard was mailed February 24, 1911, from the San Francisco & Los Angeles RPO (Railroad Post Office). A Railroad Post Office was (usually) a passenger car
in/from which mail was picked up, sorted and delivered.
The Nevada & California Railway served Cinco Station, which was the headquarters of the
Jawbone Division and supply station with a machine shop and hospital. (Source: Third Annual
Report of the Bureau of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1908.) In addition to mail, the railroad
delivered sections of aqueduct pipe.
The Jawbone Division "consists of 59,448 feet of tunnel, 44,717 feet of conduit,
13,448 feet of siphon and 250 feet of flume" (ibid.). Work in the division started in
September 1908 and was expected to be complete by January 1, 1911. Since Mr. Hood's postcard
is dated February 1911, we can assume they didn't quite make it.
Postcard published by The Benham Co. of Los Angeles. Printed description back: "View
of Water Canyon Camp, a typical tunnel camp on Los Angeles Aqueduct, with Mojve Desert in
Young Mr. Hood has marked it with X's, or crosses, which correspond with his message:
This shows a picture of the road to our camp. I am located about 3 miles in direction
of the arrow from the cross. It is a very tedious road because it winds so much.
Cinco is under the cross to the right.
Sunday letter tomorrow.
Lovingly — Frank.
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AL1101: 9600 dpi jpeg from smaller jpeg. Collection of Dr. Alan Pollack.