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    by Yaqui Updated May 30, 2010

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    This landmark can be easily seen off the Interstate 5 as you pass Sylmar. It history dates back to 1905 when Los Angles was thirsty for water and this aqueduct runs all the way to Owens Valley. Sadly it almost devastated the ecosystem there and caused many too lose their farms, ranches, orchards, and homes. It was finished in 1915 at the cost of $24.5 million and it took 5,000 workers to complete it.

    California Historical Marker No. 653 Cascades - This is the terminus of the Los Angles - Owens River Aqueduct, which brings water 338 miles form the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada to the City of Los Angels. Begun in 1905, the great aqueduct was completed November 5, 1913. The Mono Craters Tunnel project, completed in 1940, extended the system 27 miles to its present northernmost intake near Tioga Pass.

    Sadly the marker is missing:(
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    California Historical Marker No.716 Griffith Ranch - Originally part of the San Fernando Mission lands, this ranch was purchased by David Wark Griffith, revered pioneer of silent motion pictures, in 1912. It provided the locale for many westerns thrillers, including Custer's Last Stand, and was the inspiration for the immortal production, Birth of a Nation. In 1948 it was acquired by Fritz B. Burns, who has perpetuated the Griffith name in memory of the great film pioneer.

    This mark is located along a fence of a maintenance yard. At least they went through the trouble of trying to give it some character with building the fence up and around it.

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    California Historical Marker No. 753 San Fernando Cemetery - Earlier known as Morningside Cemetery, this is the oldest nonsectarian cemetery in San Fernando Valley. It was used from the early 1800's until 1939, it was legally abandoned in 1959, when Mrs. Nellis S. Noble donated the site in memory of the pioneers of San Fernando.

    There are over 740 residents buried here between 1892 - 1939. After it had been abandoned the Native Daughters of the Golden West adopted it a SF Mission Chapter and is lucky to be loved again. It still needs some work, but least it's being maintained. It is looking for volunteers to help maintain it.

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