“The grass is always greener” is no infallible phrase. In the Owens Valley circa 1913, the grass was green and its residents wanted to keep it that way. Unfortunately for them, Southern California’s relentless demand for water was driven by wild population growth and a rather profitable agricultural industry. Not to mention LA’s politicians had an upper-hand over the ranchers of the Owens Valley in the art of deceit.
Over 30,000 folks drove out to Sylmar on November 5th, 1913 to watch water roar down the cascades for the first time. William Mulholland, engineering mastermind behind the 223 miles of the new Los Angeles Aqueduct, famously exclaimed, “There it is. Take it.”
As a kid, what I wanted so badly to be a waterslide was not the part of the original project from 1913. There’s a second Owen’s Valley aqueduct completed in 1970.
Posted on November 1, 2011, in Sylmar and tagged Historic Cultural Monument 742, Historic Cultural Monuments, LA Water Issues, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Owens Valley Aqueduct, Sylmar, The Cascades, Water rights, William Mulholland. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.