Railroad track twisted by the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
- Railroad track twisted by the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
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- March 13, 1928
- Los Angeles Times
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The St. Francis Dam was a 200-foot high concrete gravity-arch dam built between 1924 and 1926 in St. Francisquito Canyon (near present-day Castaic and Santa Clarita). The dam collapsed on March 12, 1928 at two and a half minutes before midnight. The resulting flood killed more than 600 residents plus an unknown number of itinerant farm workers camped in San Francisquito Canyon, making it the 2nd greatest loss of life in California after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It is considered the worst American civil engineering failure in the 20th century.
View of 4 men working on a flood-damaged section of railroad track with long wrenches after the failure of the Saint Francis Dam. The Santa Paula branch line of the Southern Pacific was almost totally destroyed.
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Dam failures--California--San Francisquito Canyon
Flood damage--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Railroad tracks--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
- Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.)
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- still image
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