Civil engineer William Mulholland gets the glory for opening the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which still brings water to Los Angeles. 

The aqueduct opened in 1913. But Los Angeles was founded in 1781. 

As early as the 1860s, French and French Canadian Angelenos began their efforts to provide safer and more reliable sources of water in the growing city of Los Angeles. 

Some of these efforts ended in spectacular failure. One resulted in the founding of the predecessor to the Department of Water and Power.

Join C.C. de Vere for the true stories of the French and French Canadian Angelenos who fought hard to bring water to a parched city.