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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

DWP SLIDES (part 3)

Downtown Los Angeles 1885 - DWP slides - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Diane McCreary 2009 - (click on image to enlarge)
Los Angeles experienced a major economic and building boom with the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in the mid 1880s.
2009 - The Year of Valley History

Water ditch - Pershing Square - DWP slides - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Diane McCreary 2009 - (click on image to enlarge)
In its earliest years the Pueblo, then City of Los Angeles, depended on San Fernando Valley water from the Los Angeles River. Such waterways were called zanhas.

Main Street Los Angeles c. 1880 - DWP slides - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Diane McCreary 2009 - (click on image to enlarge)
As Los Angeles grew in the 1880s, it soon became evident that the springs of the San Fernando Valley would not be enough to supply the city's needs.

First office building of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - DWP slides - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Diane McCreary 2009 - (click on image to enlarge)

1 comment:

richard hilton said...

The slide marked "Main St. In The 80's" shows one of the first gas powered street lights in downtown LA. The first franchise for lighting was given to William H. Perry an early LA mover and shaker. Perry's $10,000 (1876 dollars) home still stands today at Heritage Square Museum. It is a must-see as a great example of residential Italianate architecture by a premiere early LA designer (i.e., St. Vibiana's Cathedral), Ezra F. Kysor.