How the West Was Really Won

Apr 14, 2014

little-fallsAltadena Heritage continues its Water Series on Thursday, April 17th, with a dramatic film and a short documentary, which “will tell the story of our area’s earliest water development.”

Altadena historian Michele Zack will present Eaton’s Water, based on her short story about the trials of local hero Benjamin Eaton in bringing water, beginning in the Civil War era, from the Arroyo Seco to the “mesa” that would provide sites for the future Altadena and Pasadena.

Filmmaker John Newcombe will show a chapter from his award-winning film, Rancho La Cañada. Newcombe’s compelling film, based on solid research and astonishing archival images, picks up the story of foothill water development in the 1880s in neighboring communities to the west.

Together these films weave a narrative on “How the West was really won!”

(Italicized text courtesy of Altadena Heritage)

La Canada documentary image


Local Water, Local History
Thursday, April 17th, 7 p.m.
Altadena Community Ctr., 730 E. Altadena Drive.
Free to the public
Please rsvp to
Light refreshments will be served, including popcorn
For more info, visit or call 626.296.6983


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