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Near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Power Plant No. 1

First Los Angeles Aqueduct

 
 
Power Plant 1, Aqueduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
1. Power Plant 1, Aqueduct Marker
Inscription. Some sections of the original Los Angeles Aqueduct, completed 1913, are still in use. During six years, 100,000 laborers built the 233-mile-long series of canals, pipelines and tunnels that make up the gravity-flow aqueduct from Owens Valley.
 
Erected by Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power.
 
Location. 34° 35.199′ N, 118° 27.25′ W. Marker is near Santa Clarita, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Pelton Street half a mile east of San Francisquito Canyon Road. Touch for map. Located in a small park near Power Plant 1. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Clarita CA 91390, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Francis Dam Disaster Site (approx. 5.4 miles away); Butterfield Overland Mail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Tesoro Adobe (approx. 9.8 miles away); Lang Southern Pacific Station (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Ridge Route (approx. 13 miles away); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 13.3 miles away); Rancho San Francisco (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Power Plant No. 1. PP-1 began operation in 1917, providing more than 90 percent of Los Angeles’ electricity. 100 years later,
Aqueduct Display and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
2. Aqueduct Display and Marker
PP-1 now supplies less than 10 percent of the city’s power, because of increased population and power needs.
 
Also see . . .  Power Plant 1 history. (Submitted on February 10, 2019.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Water & Power
My father, and later myself, had the honor of working at Power Plant No. 1, as electrical construction & maintenance workers. There was a museum located inside the power plant, but the exhibits have been moved to DWP headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.
    — Submitted February 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
3. Historical Park
A collection of historical displays in the park near Power Plant 1.
Debris Car image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
4. Debris Car
Pulled along a railroad track by a mule, this car is believed to have been used in construction of the First Los Angeles Aqueduct during the early 1900s. It was uncovered by heavy rains in the late 1960s near the south portal of Elizabeth Tunnel. Similar cars were used to remove debris from penstock openings during the construction of San Francisquito Power Plant 1.
Reaction Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
5. Reaction Turbine
A reminder of the growth of Los Angeles, the turbine is among equipment removed from San Francisquito Power Plant 2 in 1935 when the electric frequency for the city was changed from 50 to 60 cycles per second because of the arrival of power from Boulder Dam.
Water-Driven Exciter image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
6. Water-Driven Exciter
Original 1922 DC generator, impulse water wheel, and governor from San Fernando Power Plant. This equipment was salvaged from the plant when it was rebuilt following the 1971 Sylmar earthquake.
Pelton Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
7. Pelton Water Wheel
Standing sentinel in front of San Francisquito Power Plant 1 is one of two Pelton wheels from unit five, which was the largest generator of its type in the country when it was installed in 1928. With a combined horsepower of 32,200, the twin water wheels powered the generator that produced 25 million watts of electricity. Unit five was removed from service in 1985.
Road Sign at Highway image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 28, 2018
8. Road Sign at Highway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Last updated on February 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 10, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7. submitted on February 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   8. submitted on February 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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