Building construction following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam and resulting flood, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
- Building construction following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam and resulting flood, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
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- March 1928
- Los Angeles Times
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- Los Angeles Times Photographs Collection
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 workers constructing a building, in the background, and workers placing planks of wood on a roadway, in the foreground. Work to restore electrical power, roads and railroad lines to the areas devastated by the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam began the day after the flood.
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- b&w nitrate negative
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