Men and children in a relief camp for flood victims following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
- Men and children in a relief camp for flood victims following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
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View of 11 men and 4 children standing outside of tents in a relief camp for people who were displaced by the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam. About 17 tents are visible, with a wooden building the center and mountains 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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