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Five Red Cross workers serving coffee to relief workers after the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 1928
Date Created and/or Issued
March 14, 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 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.
Title from photo page: Officials Start Investigation to Determine Cause of Dam Disaster [Los Angeles Times, 15 March 1928: 12]
Two men holding cups of coffee and a third man stand in front of the wooden railing of a porch. Behind them are 5 Red Cross workers, one holding a pitcher. Another man holding a coffee cup is partially visible on the right.
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
Text from newspaper caption: Relief Workers Getting Food and Coffee at Red Cross Station (Times photo.) [Los Angeles Times, 15 March 1928: 12]
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Disaster relief--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Red Cross and Red Crescent--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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