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1913 - What a year

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View of “Cascades” marking the terminus of Los Angeles Aqueduct at the southern end of the Newhall Pass in what would be present day Sylmar. The original cascade of water can still be seen when traveling on Interstate 5 through Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley. On November 5, 1913, over 40,000 Los Angeles residents came to the San Fernando Valley to see the first water from the Owens Valley complete the journey to Los Angeles. Historical Photo Collection of the Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles

1913 was a big year for Los Angeles.

The LA Aqueduct opened The La Brea Tar Pits were first excavated.

It got us wondering what else was happening a century ago. It turns out, a lot.

For more on this formative year, Take Two spoke with Bill Deverell. He's a history professor at USC and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the Huntington Library. 

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