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Monday, February 9, 2009

IMAGES FROM LOS ANGELES UTILITIES HISTORY

Water Wheel in the Los Angeles River 1859 - Collection of Diane McCreary 2009 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
A wooden water wheel lifted precious water from the Los Angeles River into supply ditches in 1859. The river's water began its journey into the city from the San Fernando Valley.
2009 - The Year of Valley History
A Los Angeles Power Station - Bishop, California c. 1920 - Collection of Diane McCreary 2009 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
A very small 120 kilowatt generator was the first power station for the city of Los Angeles. It was located just south of the town of Bishop, California in 1909.
2009 - The Year of Valley History

Arrival of Electricity in Los Angeles 1916 - Collection of Diane McCreary 2009 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
Just over 200 customers received the first electricity arriving in Los Angeles in 1916.
2009 - The Year of Valley History

1913 The Cascades of the San Fernando Valley - Collection of Diane McCreary 2009 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
On November 5th, 1913 great cascades of water from the Owens River flowed into the San Fernando Valley, culminating one of the greatest engineering feats in human history. Acquiring and maintaining sources of pure water for the 1,800,000 residents of the San Fernando Valley, and our neighbors throughout Los Angeles and Southern California will always challenge us. Your Museum collects, studies and presents the history of water and power.
2009 - The Year of Valley History

The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

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