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Title
Man at work in a field kitchen for survivors and/or aid workers after the Saint Francis Dam failure and resulting flood, 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
Collection
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
US
Description
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.
View of a man preparing coffee or food over an outdoor fire for survivors and/or aid workers after the Saint Francis Dam failure and resulting flood. The man pours liquid into a pitcher from one of 3 steaming pots over brick fire pits; there is a wooden bench behind the fire pits. Houses along a street in a residential neighborhood are in the background.
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_1873
ark:/21198/zz002dcrjw
Language
No linguistic content
Subject
Disaster relief--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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