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Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Cascades

 
 
The Cascades Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 14, 2019
1. The Cascades Marker
Inscription.  On November 5, 1913, 40,000 people gathered here to witness the dedication of the Los Angeles - Owens River Aqueduct. The terminus of a 233-mile long engineering marvel, the Cascades were the site of William Mulholland‘s famous speech: “There it is, take it!“ An extension completed in 1940 brings water 338 miles from the system’s northernmost intake near Tioga Pass. Since 1917, significant hydroelectric power has also been generated by the aqueduct system. The water supplied by this aqueduct transformed Los Angeles from a city of 300,000 to nearly 4 million and led to the growth of Southern California as a whole. Environmental challenges, mandates, and projects have resulted in modifications to aqueduct operations. Despite reductions in water deliveries, the aqueduct remains a critical part of the city’s present and future water supply and protecting the Owens river watershed will continue to be a major activity of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
 
Erected 2013 by E Clampus Vitus; and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. (Marker Number 653.)
 
Marker series.
Marker and Cascades image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 14, 2019
2. Marker and Cascades
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 34° 19.36′ N, 118° 29.845′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Foothill Boulevard 0.1 miles west of Balboa Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17001 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rim of the Valley Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sayre Fire (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lyons Station (approx. 2.8 miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 2.8 miles away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mission Wells (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lopez Station (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
 
More about this marker. This marker was unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the aqueduct, in a ceremony attended by DWP aqueduct employees (including me, -CB). This marker replaces the missing California State Historical Landmark No. 653.
 
Additional keywords. California State Historical Landmark No. 653
 
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The Cascades image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 14, 2019
3. The Cascades
The original aqueduct cascades are at left. The cascades at right are part of the second aqueduct built in the 1960s.
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 14, 2019
4. National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
First Owens River - Los Angeles Aqueduct. Marker placed by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1971.
Aqueduct Dedication in 1913 image. Click for full size.
courtesy DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive, November 5, 1913
5. Aqueduct Dedication in 1913
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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