She says Mulroy, Reisner said Mulwray

Posted on | October 6, 2009 | No Comments

Patricia Mulroy. Photo: Sam Morris, Las Vegas Sun

Patricia Mulroy. Photo: Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun. Click on the image to be taken to Morris's portrait.

WHEN Marc Reisner updated his landmark book Cadillac Desert in 1992, he mistakenly referred to the “forceful woman” who heads the Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Water Authority as Patricia Mulwray. Her name is actually Patricia Mulroy.

Reisner’s mistake might have been a Freudian slip: Hollis Mulwray is a character in the movie Chinatown who is based on William Mulholland, the powerful founder of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

To keep reading Matt Jenkins’ update in the High Country News on Patricia Mulroy’s plan to siphon the water from the foot of the Great Basin National Park to Las Vegas, click here.


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