L.A. Aqueduct Centennial 2013

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Hundreds of people lined the LA Aqueduct Cascades on November 5, 2013 to see the release of water to commemorate the Aqueduct’s Centennial anniversary. Click on the photo to see more LA Aqueduct Centennial photos on Flicker.


LAA-Centennial-Schedule-LinWelcome to the Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial website. Here we tell the story of this 100-year old engineering marvel that was dedicated on Nov. 5, 1913. On that day thousands of people converged on the Los Angeles Aqueduct Cascades northeast of the City to celebrate the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. At that event, Chief Engineer and Aqueduct designer William Mulholland famously proclaimed, “There it is. Take it!” The LA Aqueduct brought water from the Owens Valley hundreds of miles away to a growing area in need of additional resources to sustain its people and their endeavors, helping spur an economy that today rivals that of many nations. A century later, this gravity-fed system continues to be a major source of water for Los Angeles — on an average year supplying about half of the water needs for four million people. To insure that the Aqueduct continues to provide water to Los Angeles for the next 100 years and beyond, the LADWP maintains a vast watershed in the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra. LADWP land remains an undeveloped gem that is also made available to the public for recreational and community needs. We invite you to explore how Los Angeles’ water supply has evolved over the past century, how environmental projects have reduced the amount of water delivered through the Aqueduct, and how the Department has boosted its development in local water supplies, including conservation, recycling, stormwater capture, and groundwater cleanup and replenishment. The story is all here. It’s our legacy, and our future. Follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LAsWaterFuture

Click the image below to flip through the new beautiful and informative Centennial issue of the LADWP magazine “Intake.”
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Moments in Eastern Sierra History

Local Tourism

Categories: Moments In Eastern Sierra History | Posted by: L.A. Aqueduct Team

In April of 1913, just one year after the formal organization of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, the Inyo Register printed a statement by former Governor Gillette, in which he said, “I look for the day not too far hence when Inyo will be the great attraction for tourists the world over. Open the arteries of easy entrance to this magnificent domain of...”

Highway 395

Categories: Moments In Eastern Sierra History | Posted by: L.A. Aqueduct Team

In 1910, California voters approved a bond issue to acquire and construct a State highway system. At the insistence of the Inyo Good Road Club, the 220 miles of road between Mojave and Bridgeport was included in the first highway plan. The first work done in the Eastern Sierra was a 10-mile stretch of the Sherwin Hill wagon road.