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U.S. Socialist Utopia, 1914's Llano del Rio Colony

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Llano Del Rio (officially organized as The Llano Del Rio Company of Nevada) was a commune (or "colony") located in what is now Llano, California east of Palmdale in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County. The charter was issued October 15, 1915 by progressive/socialist political candidate Job Harriman, after he had failed in his bid to become the mayor of Los Angeles. The Llano Del Rio Colony settled in the southern edge of the Mojave Desert along Highway 138 near 165th Street East, in the alluvial plain that spread out to the north from the San Gabriel Mountains. The colony took advantage of water from Big Rock Creek, an intermittent stream that flowed from the San Gabriel Mountains. Several structures were erected using local granite boulders and lumber, including a hotel, meeting house, and water storage tank. There was also a small open aqueduct made of granite cobbles and cement. The remnants of the built features are still visible at the site, which has been abandoned for decades.

After 1917, the colony was abandoned. Llano Del Rio turned out to be too far from other settlements to develop a sustaining economy, and the water supply from Big Rock Creek proved to be unreliable. Some of the settlers[1] moved to form the New Llano Colony in Vernon Parish Louisiana.
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Llano Del Rio (officially organized as The Llano Del Rio Company of Nevada) was a commune (or "colony") located in what is now Llano, California east of Palmdale in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County. The charter was issued October 15, 1915 by progressive/socialist political candidate Job Harriman, after he had failed in his bid to become the mayor of Los Angeles. The Llano Del Rio Colony settled in the southern edge of the Mojave Desert along Highway 138 near 165th Street East, in the alluvial plain that spread out to the north from the San Gabriel Mountains. The colony took advantage of water from Big Rock Creek, an intermittent stream that flowed from the San Gabriel Mountains. Several structures were erected using local granite boulders and lumber, including a hotel, meeting house, and water storage tank. There was also a small open aqueduct made of granite cobbles and cement. The remnants of the built features are still visible at the site, which has been abandoned for decades.

After 1917, the colony was abandoned. Llano Del Rio turned out to be too far from other settlements to develop a sustaining economy, and the water supply from Big Rock Creek proved to be unreliable. Some of the settlers[1] moved to form the New Llano Colony in Vernon Parish Louisiana.
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IMO it was an interesting social experiment. The planning for the U.S. colonies by founder Job Harriman also roughly coincided with the founding of the Israeli Kibbutz, which still exist after 94 years.
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IMO it was an interesting social experiment. The planning for the U.S. colonies by founder Job Harriman also roughly coincided with the founding of the Israeli Kibbutz, which still exist after 94 years.
israelinsider: Culture: Is the kibbutz, Israel's unique society, an endangered species?
Yet our right wingers complain about socialism while financing the expansion of Kibbutz style settlements. Way to go!
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The Kibbutz is a purely socialist concept.
What began as an experiment has succeeded as a self sustaining communities, and as an alternative communal life style.
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The Kibbutz is a purely socialist concept.
What began as an experiment has succeeded as a self sustaining communities, and as an alternative communal life style.

Guess one needs a running water to succeed.

That's a prerequisite.
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Guess one needs a running water to succeed.

That's a prerequisite.
Indeed. In the 70's, we used to sell solar pumps and drip irrigation systems for Brown, Boveri & Cie in the Middle East, including Israel.
Drip irrigation has been the key to Israel being able to cultivate soil normally unsuited for agriculture.

In many villages without electricity, one solar pump would supply drinking water, a second irrigate the fields.
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