Concrete dam debris in the path of the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, San Francisquito Canyon (Calif.), 1928
- Concrete dam debris in the path of the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, San Francisquito Canyon (Calif.), 1928
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- March 14, 1928
- Los Angeles Times
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- Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection
View of a huge concrete remnant of the Saint Francis Dam in the path of the flood following the failure of the dam in San Francisquito Canyon. Steps of the face of the dam are visible on the left side of the concrete boulder. The block is approximately 63 feet long, 30 feet high, and 54 feet wide.
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.
Title from photo page: Officials Start Investigation to Determine Cause of Dam Disaster [Los Angeles Times, 15 March 1928: 12]
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- b&w nitrate negative
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