Flood relief workers outside a Victorian building after the flood resulting from the failure of the St. Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley, 1928
- Flood relief workers outside a Victorian building after the flood resulting from the failure of the St. Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley, 1928
- Los Angeles Times
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- March 1928
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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 flood relief workers gathered between a tent and a truck outside a 3-story Victorian building after the flood resulting from the failure of the St. Francis Dam. A temporary canvas awning is attached to the side of the building. Several of the men have their hands in their pockets on what may have been a chilly day.
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- b&w nitrate negative
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