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Blythe

Trip Planner USA  /  California  /  California Desert  /  Blythe
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Things to do: historic sites, nature
Blythe is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Palo Verde Valley of the Lower Colorado River Valley region, an agricultural area and part of the Colorado Desert along the Colorado River. Blythe was named after Thomas H. Blythe, a San Francisco financier, who established primary water rights to the Colorado River in the region in 1877. The city was incorporated on July 21, 1916. The population was 20,817 at the 2010 census.HistoryIn 1875, Thomas Henry Blythe, a native of England, visited what is now Blythe, intent on finding real estate for development and settlement of an "empire" located next to the Colorado. On July 17, 1877, Blythe filed his first claim for Colorado River water on what was to become the "Blythe Intake". Blythe worked with the engineer William Calloway and George Irish until his death in April 4, 1883; Blythe's only revisit to the valley was in Fall 1882. Blythe's estate subsequently went into litigation between his illegitimate daughter Florence and other claimants. The California Supreme Court up to 1895, and the U.S. Supreme Court towards the early 1900s, ruled that Florence was the holder of the estate, after several years of preceding rulings in favor of her and appeals against her in these courts.
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