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December 12, 2005

Mystery Solved!

A few articles back I posted this photo of a huge team of mules pulling some mammoth pipes across the desert.


I couldn't remember what the picture was of or where it was taken. But thanks to one of our website visitor, I now know. Thanks Laurie for your email!

This is a picture taken during the construction of the Owens Valley Aqueduct in California. The aqueduct was built in the early 1900s to carry water to Los Angeles. Unfortunately this has robbed the beautiful Owens Valley area of much of its water, and done a lot to destroy an area where previously rich farm lands thrived.

But back to the topic of longears, the team in the photo is a whopping 52-mule team! Imagine caring for and working all those mules! That makes the 20 mule teams of Death Valley seem small!

If you'd like to read more about the Owens Valley Aqueduct and see a few more pictures of it and of this huge mule team, you might enjoy visiting the following websites:

Owens Valley - Ghosts of the Past
Owens Valley Aqueduct
Antelope Valley - Construction of the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at December 12, 2005 09:30 PM


What a truly wonderful site. Thank you for taking the time to put all this fascinating history together. I have enjoyed every bit of it and have forwarded it to friends that I know will enjoy it as much as I did.
Sincerely, Marsha Sorensen Colorado

Posted by: Marsha Sorensen at December 19, 2005 07:40 PM