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‘Vision or Villainy’ author talks about Austins, L.A.’s celebration

June 19, 2013

Los Angeles celebrates the arrival of Owens Valley water via the aqueduct at The Cascades on Nov. 5, 1913. It was on this date and at this location that Chief Engineer of the Aqueduct Project William Mulholland told the assembled masses, “There it is – take it.” Photo courtesy Eastern California Museum

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 – Sometimes it’s best to start at the beginning and finish at the end.
That’s the approach that will be taken by historian and author Dr. Abraham Hoffman when he discusses two critical aspects of the Los Angeles Aqueduct story: The public role played by Mary and Stafford Austin to protest Los Angeles’ land purchases in 1905, and the culmination of the Aqueduct’s construction when Owens River water rushed down the Cascades in 1913.
The public is invited to the free presentation by Hoffman, author of “Vision or Villainy,” an award-winning work on Owens Valley water history, on Saturday, June 22, starting at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall in Independence. There will also be a question-and-answer session, and copies of Hoffman’s book will be for sale.
(Read more in the Thursday, June 20, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)

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