TID's 130th Anniversary

What do Pearl Harbor, Groundhog Day and Hearst Castle share in common with TID? We all have our beginnings rooted in the year 1887.

The Navy signed the lease for Pearl Harbor, the first Groundhog Day was observed and William Randolph Hearst began his newspaper empire in that year. And, on June 6, TID was formed by a vote of the people.

Back in 1887, frustrated by the lack of reliable river water but optimistic about future farming opportunities, the people of the region formed TID in the hope of bringing prosperity to a dry land nestled between the Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin rivers. It was a lofty goal, but one worthy of pursuit. Some said greening this land couldn’t be done. Others outright opposed irrigation.

One hundred and thirty years later, it’s tough to imagine where this region would be without the perseverance, sacrifice and hard work of those visionary forefathers who formed TID. They wanted a better life. They didn’t give up on their dream. They pressed on at all costs. And now the dream of irrigation continues to be a reality for the thousands of farmers who receive water from TID – water that helps produce crops that are the lifeblood of our region. Add the generation and distribution of public power beginning in 1923 and what exists is a pair of services – water and power – that have benefitted the region many times over.

To celebrate our historic founding as California’s first irrigation district, we’re producing a coffee table book of memories and photos from our 130 years which will be available during the summer of 2017.

Additionally, we have DVD’s and Blue Ray discs of our film The Irrigationist available for purchase. DVD’s are $10 and Blue Rays are $15 each and can be purchased from our Customer Service offices in Turlock, Ceres and Patterson.