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Title
Baldwin Hills Reservoir disaster
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Martinez, Milton
Date Created and/or Issued
1963
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
On December 14, 1963, the dam collapsed, spilling 300 million gallons of water into the hillsides that swept away houses and cars and left three dead. Most of Baldwin Village, including the historic Village Green community, was flooded as well. The crack in the dam was ultimately attributed to subsidence caused by overexploitation of the Inglewood oil field. The disaster caused the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to phase out small local reservoirs, opting instead to store water in groundwater basins and behind the Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace.
A man stands at the edge of a turbulent river flowing from the break in the Baldwin Hills Reservoir above. Behind him, a partially demolished house still stands, its kitchen cupboards exposed. Dated December 15, 1963.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00060008
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 114
CARL0000064264
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/23966
Subject
Men--California--Los Angeles
Dam failures--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Mud--California--Los Angeles
Public works--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Dams--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Disasters--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Dwellings--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Dam (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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