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Near Lone Pine in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Alabama Gates

 
 
Alabama Gates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 4, 2016
1. Alabama Gates Marker
Inscription.  The Alabama Gates and gate house were constructed in 1913 when the Los Angeles Aqueduct was built to dewater the aqueduct when maintenance is necessary. On November 16, 1924, seventy or more local citizens seized the aqueduct at the Alabama Gates and diverted the city's water supply through the gates into the dry Owens River to publicize the concerns of Owens Valley residents. Four days later the water was voluntarily allowed to again flow into the aqueduct. Over the years, attempts to reconcile the city's water needs and the concerns of valley residents have moved from confrontation to negotiation.
 
Erected 1992 by Slim Princess Chapter #395 of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEnvironmentNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 36° 40.581′ N, 118° 6.03′ W. Marker is near Lone Pine, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached
Alabama Gates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 4, 2016
2. Alabama Gates Marker
from the intersection of U.S. 395 and Los Angles Aqueduct Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located on unpaved Los Angles Aqueduct Road just west of US 395. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lone Pine CA 93545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weaving for the War (approx. 4.2 miles away); Disaster in 1872 (approx. 4.4 miles away); Manzanar (approx. 4.4 miles away); A Community's Living Room (approx. 4.4 miles away); Legacy (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sacred Space (approx. 4.8 miles away); Wedding of the Waters Pageant (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Adobe Wall (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lone Pine.
 
Regarding Alabama Gates. Alabama Gates and Gatehouse are located on the west side of US 395 about 500 meters south of the marker and are clearly visible from US 395. The gates are named after the nearby Alabama Hills. The Owens Valley Water Wars inspired the movie Chinatown directed by Roman Polanski.
 
Alabama Gates and Gatehouse image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, November 2, 2012
3. Alabama Gates and Gatehouse
The Alabama Gates are located about 500 meters south of the marker on the west side of US 395.
Los Angeles Aqueduct Near Alabama Gates image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, November 2, 2012
4. Los Angeles Aqueduct Near Alabama Gates
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 434 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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