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Why 1913 was a big year for the City of Los Angeles




Movie still of Charlie Chaplin in the film, The Great Dictator.
Movie still of Charlie Chaplin in the film, The Great Dictator.

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1913 was a big year for Los Angeles. The LA Aqueduct brought water to the San Fernando Valley and the La Brea Tar Pits were discovered. The Lincoln highway — the first transcontinental highway — opened, allowing cars to cross the country.

In addition, the Federal Reserve was created and  Charlie Chaplin signed on with his first Hollywood studio, and World War I was just on the horizon.

We'll take a look at a formative year in Los Angeles history.