Silver torrent from the Owens Valley

Nov. 5, 1913: Forty-thousand people were on hand in the San Fernando Valley to witness the long-awaited moment when water from 200 miles away in the Owens Valley reached Los Angeles via the city’s new aqueduct, The Times reported under the headline “Silver Torrent Crowns the City’s Mighty Achievement.”

“From the mountain fastnesses of the snow-capped Sierras, through the world’s longest man-made conduit of steel, cement and solid granite, sparkling water poured in a mighty torrent from the aqueduct’s mouth,” the newspaper said.

“It gurgled and splashed its cheerful message of good health, great wealth, long life and plenteous prosperity to Los Angeles and her people.”