Elissa Landi, Annie Zanardi-Landi, and Kay English seated at small table, Elizabeth Zanardi-Landi, Carlo Zenardi-Landi, Anthony Zenardi-Landi, and Mildred McClure standing, two horses standing near table, dog at right, with trees and bushes in 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.
Bulgarian sculptor Atanas Katchmakoff graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, and studied under Professor A. Nikolo in Rome and Franz Stuck in Munich. In 1923 he won the first prize at the Vienna international exhibition. He immigrated to Hollywood in 1927-1928 where he worked as a sculptor and art teacher.