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House in the path of the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley, 1928
Date Created and/or Issued
March 1928
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
The St. Francis dam, built between 1924 and 1926 in St. Francisquito Canyon (near present-day Castaic and Santa Clarita), collapsed on March 12, 1928 at two and a half minutes before midnight. The resulting flood killed up to 600 people, making it the 2nd greatest loss of life in California after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It is considered one of the worst civil engineering failures in American history.
Two men hold a stretcher in front of a house that was in the path of the catastrophic flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam. The ground is strewn with wood and tree debris and mountains are visible in the background.
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Disaster relief--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Flood damage--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Dwellings--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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