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Nurse giving shot to a food aid provider (?) after the failure of the Saint Francis Dam 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
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
View of a nurse giving a shot to a food aid provider (?) wearing an apron and white hat, after the failure of the Saint Francis Dam and resulting flood. They are in a wooden shed with tools against the wall and with gaps between the boards letting in daylight. Medical supplies are on the draped wooden workshop table next to them, including rolls of cotton, a corked bottle, scissors, matches and a strainer. A woman pours liquid into a container on the table, two other aid workers stand behind them and a women in a floral dress is on the left.
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.
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Disaster relief--California--Santa Clara River Valley
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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