Opening Day of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, November 5, 1913. It is estimated that over 30,000 people showed up at the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct on November 5, 1913. They came to watch the Owens Valley water cascade into the resevoir. The caption of this picture was that the automobile was "here to stay" in the San Fernando Valley. You can make out some horse and buggies to the rear of the image. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
(Novermber 5, 1913)** - Photograph caption reads: "Southern California's tremendous growth necessitated the building of the great Owens Valley aqueduct. This photo shows a crowd of over 30,000 at its dedication.
(1930)^^ - View of a procession of cars, horses and wagons moving south through the new Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel following opening ceremonies. After eight years of road construction, the new tunnel connected the San Fernando Valley with West Los Angeles.
Sherman Way and Mason Avenue looking east, 1938. The Los Angeles River Flood in 1938 was one the worst floods in Southern California history. When the Big Tujunga Wash levee broke, seventy-seven of its spreading basins were destroyed, telephone and electrical power were shut down, and bridges all over the Valley were washed out. Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Old stage coach road in Chatsworth shows the rough terrain over which the stage lines traveled. The road dates from the 1860's and represents a period in the Valley when the trail linked Los Angeles, Encino, Simi Valley, and Ventura. It was declared an historic-cultural monument on January 5, 1972. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Ruins of the San Fernando Mission prior to restoration. The Mission was founded on September 8, 1797, by Father Fermin Lasuen, who followed in the footsteps of Father Junipero Serra. It was the seventeenth in a succession of twenty-one missions established in the state. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.