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Title
Survivors and/or relief workers eating a meal in a tent following the flood resulting from the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, Santa Clara River Valley (Calif.), 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 survivors and/or relief workers eating a meal in a tent following the flood resulting from the failure of the Saint Francis Dam. The men are seated on long wooden benches attached to three wooden tables covered in white table cloths and the food is on white china. Their clothing and faces are soiled. They are served by three waiters dressed in white coats and dark bow ties. Three of the men wear round white buttons with numbers on them; two of the numbers are 21 and 131. .
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_1901
ark:/21198/zz002dcshv
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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