- Image of the St. Francis Dam after its March 12, 1928 collapse. The resulting flood killed over 400 people, and was considered one of the worst civil engineering failures in American history. The dam collapse caused the second greatest loss of life in California history, second only to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The St. Francis dam was built between 1924 and 1926 in St. Francisquito Canyon, near present-day Santa Clarita. William Mulholland was the engineer behind the dam's construction. The dam failed just hours after he had personally given it a safety inspection, effectively ending his career.
- [circa March 13, 1928]
- Resource Type:
- still image
Los Angeles Daily News Negatives
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