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The History of Rain Bird

Celebrating over eight decades of irrigation innovation
and Rain Bird's commitment to The Intelligent Use of Waterâ„¢.


Rain Bird Virtual Museum

Come and explore through the many developments and innovations Rain Bird has brought to the irrigation industry over the past eight decades.

In the Beginnings Exhibit, you can hear the story behind the invention of the original horizontal action impact drive sprinkler (U.S. Patent No. 1,997,901) and learn how the LaFetra family began the company back in 1933.

The Decades of Innovation Exhibit presents a virtual hallway filled with stories, photos, interesting facts and a sampling of product and technology innovations that have helped save countless millions of gallons of water and revolutionize the way we irrigate today.

Explore the Rose Parade Exhibit to see Rain Bird's beautiful and award-winning floats and find out how they were made. Other highlights from the Rain Bird archives include the first underground pop-up sprinklers, the first computerized irrigation central control system and the largest impact sprinkler Rain Bird ever produced.

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Rain Bird Featured on California's Gold with Huell Howser

Come along with Huell Howser as he tours Orton Englehart's workshop where the very first horizontal action impact drive sprinkler was invented, then learns how the LaFetra family changed the direction of irrigation. As a part of his discovery session, Huell also heads out to a local golf course to see both old and new Rain Bird sprinklers in action.