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Title
Concrete dam debris in the path of the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam, San Francisquito Canyon (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
Collection
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
US
Description
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
View of a huge concrete remnant of the Saint Francis Dam in the path of the flood following the failure of the dam in San Francisquito Canyon. Steps of the face of the dam are visible on the left side of the concrete boulder. The block is approximately 63 feet long, 30 feet high, and 54 feet wide.
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]
Text from newspaper caption: Huge Concrete Block Weighing Thousands fo Pounds, Washed Three-quarters of Mile from Dam (Times photo.) [Los Angeles Times, 15 March 1928: 12]
Text from negative sleeve: Saint Francis Dam
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_1932
ark:/21198/zz002dctkc
Language
No linguistic content
Subject
Dam failures--California--San Francisquito Canyon
Flood damage--California--San Francisquito Canyon
Disaster
Environment
Saint Francis Dam Failure, Calif., 1928
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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