Los Angeles Aqueduct

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  • The Los Angeles Aqueduct, constructed from 1908 to 1913, was the longest aqueduct in the world when it was completed. It stretched 238 miles from the Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. The City of Los Angeles's acquisition of water rights to the Owens River, and, ultimately, the purchase of 300,000 acres of the Owens Valley, began a controversy that continues to the present day. Aqueduct opponents accused the city of “stealing” the water, and conspiracy theorists argued that a small group of powerful men had plotted the water takeover to enrich the value of real estate they owned in Southern California.

    In 1900, the population of the City of Los Angeles reached 100,000, and it ...

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