Man at work in a field kitchen for survivors and/or aid workers after the Saint Francis Dam failure and resulting flood, Santa Clara River Valley, 1928
- Man at work in a field kitchen for survivors and/or aid workers after the Saint Francis Dam failure and resulting flood, Santa Clara River Valley, 1928
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- March 1928
- Los Angeles Times
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View of a man preparing coffee or food over an outdoor fire for survivors and/or aid workers after the Saint Francis Dam failure and resulting flood. The man pours liquid into a pitcher from one of 3 steaming pots over brick fire pits; there is a wooden bench behind the fire pits. Houses along a street in a residential neighborhood are in the background.
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.
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Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Disaster relief--California--Santa Clara River Valley
- Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.)
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- still image
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