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L.A. Aqueduct at 100: Delivering water to a thirsty city

October 26, 2013|By Louis Sahagun

A hundred years ago — Nov. 5, 1913 — 40,000 people gathered in Sylmar to watch the water arrive for the first time via the Los Angeles Aqueduct from the Owens Valley. It took 5,000 workers five years to complete the $23-million project, which was excavated with dynamite, hand shovels and mule power in rocky canyons and searing desert expanses.

We hope you enjoy this preview of what's coming Monday, when The Times takes a look back at the aqueduct's controversial history.

What to look forward to? More archival photos, film and front pages, plus modern photography and an aerial video tour at this page, beginning Monday: latimes.com/aqueduct

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