100 years ago on this day, 30,000 people clamored around the Cascasdes. The Chamber of Commerce distributed bottled Owens River water. The Southern Pacific charged $1 for a round trip ticket from Los Angeles. William Mulholland officiated the ceremonies. He thanked his assistants and the City of Los Angeles for their loyal support. His address to the crowd was brief: “This rude platform is an altar, and on it we are here consecrating this water supply and dedicating the Aqueduct to you and your children and your children’s children–for all time.” He paused for a moment, then quipped “That’s all.” It was a little later in the proceedings that he uttered the immortal, oft-misquoted line “There it is Mr. Mayor. Take it.”
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