National Geographic : 1968 Aug
Lifeblood of the land, water gushes through irriga tion canals veining the west coast near Los Mochis. A network of dams, which when completed will be much like the Tennessee Valley Authority's system, traps runoff from the Sierra Madre and transforms this semidesert to fertile farmland. Sugar cane, rice, wheat, corn, tomatoes, and flowers thrive in a climate that permits year-round cultivation. Symbol of prosperity, the handsome new head quarters of the farmers' association in Los Mochis reflects the wealth that irrigation dams have brought to the region. A sleepy village turned boom town, Los Mochis means "place of the land turtles," but officials happily joke that perhaps the city should be renamed Liebre, Spanish for "hare." Some business leaders pre dict that within ten years Los Mochis will be the largest city on Mexico's west coast.