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Julian Hinds: Western Dam Engineeri
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Completed under the auspices of the Oral History Program, University of California Los Angeles
Julian Hinds, the son of James Monroe and Sarah Elizabet (Ferguson) Hinds, was born in Warrenton, Alabama on December 22, 1881. In 1884, he and his family moved to Tyler, Smith County, Texas, where he attended grammar and high school.
Mr. Hinds enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 1908 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. Upon his graduation, he remained at the University and taught civil engineering. The following year he left for Chigago, where he worked in the bridge building department of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, designing reinforced concrete railway bridges.
In 1910, Mr. Hinds joined the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He was first assigned to the Yakima River Project in the state of Washington (1910-1911), and then to the Elephant Butte Dam Project in New Mexico (1912-1915). In 1915, he was assigned to the newly established Denver, Colorado office of the Bureau, and during the next eleven year, he rose from a position of general designer to that of Assistant Chief Designing Engineer, direction the preparation of structural plans for the Bureau's various irrigation projects throughout the West.
In June 1926, Mr. Hinds resigned from the Bureau and accepted a position with the J. G. White Engineering Corporation, which was then building various irrigation projects for the government of Mexico. He was in charge of engineering work for the Calles Irrigation and Dam Project in the state of Aquacalienties. While in Mexico, he also assisted on the designs for the Don Martin Dam at Nuevo Laredo.
In March 1929, Mr. Hinds joined the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power as an hydraulic designs engineer. He was engaged in the preparation of studies for extension of storage work, the preparation of preliminary designs and estimates for the Colorado River Aqueduct.
In May 1030, Mr. Hinds transferred to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California when the newly formed District took over the aquaduct studies from the City of Los Angeles. He was named Chief Designing Engineer of this project that was to bring Colorado River water to Los Angeles. In 1932, he bacame the Assistant Chief Engineer of the Distric, in charge of all civil engineering functions, and Assistant Administrator of the entire Colorado River Aquaduct Project. In August 1941, he became General Manager and Chief Engineer of the District, in charge of all engineering and administrative work. Mr. Hinds retired on December 31. 1951, at the age of seventy.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Hinds joined the United Water Conservation District of Ventura County, California, as General Manager and Chief Engineer. He was principally engaged in directing the construction of the Santa Felicial Dam and Reservoir. He left the District upon the completion of the project in 1955.
Since 1955, Mr. Hinds has devoted his time to work as a consulting engineer, with an office in Santa Paul. California. Today (1971), now in his ninetieth year, he continues to actively pursue his consulting business throughout California and the West. The major private and governmental agencies for who he has accepte for whom he has accepted assignments include: U.S. Engineers, Department of the Army, Northwest and Sacramento divisions; Mississipi River Commission, Department of the Army; U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colorado; Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco (more than sixty dams); State of California, Feather River Project and the Department of Water Resources, Safety of Dams Division. In addition, he has done consulting work on various county and municipal projects for the State of California and for other western states.
Mr. Hinds' numerous honors and awards include Life Member of the American Water Works Association. In 1956, he received the Beavers' Inc. Golden Beaver Award. He was a Life Member, later an Honorary Member (1959), of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1926, he received the Norman Medal from the society for his pioneering work on the Tieton Dam (Washington), and in 1954 received the James W. Rickey Medal for his paper, "Continuous Development of Dams since 1850," delivered originally at eh ASCE Centennial Convention in Chicago in September 1952. He was National Director of the ASCE from 1948 to 1950. In 1960, he was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Texas. He received an honorary LLD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957. On April 21, 1967, the Hayfield Pumping Plant on the Colorado Aqueduct (near Indio) was officially renamed the Julian Hinds Pumping Plant by the MWD.
Mr. Hinds is the author of many technical papers and articles which have appeared in the publicaiton of the ASCE and the AWWA, in the Engineering News-Record, and in miscellanous other techincal journals. He is a co-author of Engineering for Dams (John Wiley and Sons, 1945) and a contributor to Handbook of Applied Hydraulics (McGraww-Hill, 1952). He has also been a contributing author to the Encycolpedia Britanica's section on dams.
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