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Title
View of the remaining center portion of the St. Francis Dam after its disastrous collapse, San Francisquito Canyon (Calif.), 1928
Contributor
Watson, George R., 1892-1977
Date Created and/or Issued
March 13, 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 the largest remaining portion of the Saint Francis Dam after its collapse, known as the tombstone section.
Text from newspaper caption: Graphic Views of Flood-swept Area Near Castaic After Dam Break: Remaining Section of Dam With Crumbled Sections at Base (Times photo.) [Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 1928:4 ]
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
Text from newspaper caption: All That Remains of the Great St. Francis Dam taken from the road on the east side of the canyon, showing huge blocks of concrete torn out from the east section and graphically revealing the extent of the lesser break. (Photo by George R. Watson, Times photographer.) [Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 1928: 8]
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_1887
ark:/21198/zz002dcs1m
Language
No linguistic content
Subject
Dam failures--California--San Francisquito Canyon
Weather
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Disaster
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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