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Title
View from below, looking up at center portion of St. Francis Dam that remained after disaster, San Francesquito Canyon (Calif.), 1928
Date Created and/or Issued
March 1928
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Collection
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
US
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu. Phone: (310) 825-4206
Description
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.
Type
Image
Format
b&w glass negative
Identifier
uclalat_1429_b3701_G1269
ark:/21198/zz0002p01n
Language
No linguistic content
Subject
Dam failures--California--San Francisquito Canyon
Flood damage--California--San Francisquito Canyon
Disaster
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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