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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 Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
1. “The Cascades” Marker
Inscription.  
This is the terminus of the Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct, which brings water 338 miles from the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada to the City of Los Angeles. Begun in 1905, the great aqueduct was completed November 5, 1913. The Mono Craters Tunnel project, completed in 1940, extended the system 27 miles to its present northernmost intake near Tioga Pass.

California Registered Historical Landmark No.653.
Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; The History and Landmarks Association of the San Fernando and Antelope Valley Parlors, Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West; and San Fernando Mission Parlor No. 280, Native Daughters of the Golden West. December 7, 1958
 
Erected 1958 by Calif. State Parks, L.A. Dept. of Water and Power, and Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 653.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
The Cascades Marker Boulder image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English
2. The Cascades Marker Boulder
The marker stone base was scorched during the Station Fire in 2009 and the marker was stolen in 2010.
Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 34° 19.366′ N, 118° 29.848′ W. Marker was in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker was on Foothill Boulevard 0.1 miles north of Balboa Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Cascades (a few steps from this marker); Rim of the Valley Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sayre Fire (approx. 1.8 miles away); Live Oak Manor Rock Arch (approx. 2.4 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
 
Regarding "The Cascades". This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.653 on July 7, 1958.
A new marker was installed next to this one in 2013.
 
“The Cascades” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
3. “The Cascades” Marker
Water can be seen "cascading" down the aqueduct in the background.
2013 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 13, 2018
4. 2013 Marker
100th anniversary marker, located next to the others.
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
5. National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque
This site has been designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 3, 2010
6. National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark Plaque
It appears that they wanted to reinforce the security of this plaque, since the other one went missing.
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
7. National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Marker
2018 view of the markers and Cascades image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 13, 2018
8. 2018 view of the markers and Cascades
“The Cascades” image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
9. “The Cascades”
Crowds Celebrating at the Owensmouth Cascades image. Click for full size.
November 5, 1913
10. Crowds Celebrating at the Owensmouth Cascades
Crowds Celebrating at the Owensmouth Cascades Near Sylmar on November 5, 1913
(Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power)
Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,368 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on January 16, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   2. submitted on June 20, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   3. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   4. submitted on February 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   6. submitted on January 31, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   7. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   8. submitted on February 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   9. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   10. submitted on June 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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