Construction of the Los Angeles-Owen’s Valley Aqueduct system took place from 1908-1912. This project required large crews, many of which had to relocate to the Antelope Valley for work. Large mule trains were used to ship supplies across the desert, delivering loads of piping and other construction materials.
Frank Sundeen (1884 – 1968) was one of these workers, helping to construct this massive infrastructure project. While working on the aqueduct system, he reportedly dug out a fellow worker who had been buried following a cave-in event. After working on the construction of the aqueduct, he went on to work as a miner in several of the Antelope Valley’s local mines.
"Gurba, Norma H. Legendary Locals of the Antelope Valley. Arcadia, 2013.
Photo courtesy of MOAH Collections"