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Baldwin Hills Reservoir
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1948
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Print reproduced in 1951 for Herald-Examiner. Photo originally owned by Dept. of Water and Power, no. 51-132.
On December 14, 1963, the dam collapsed, spilling 300 million gallons of water into the hillsides that swept away houses and cars and left three dead. Most of Baldwin Village, including the historic Village Green community, was flooded as well. The crack in the dam was ultimately attributed to subsidence caused by overexploitation of the Inglewood oil field. The disaster caused the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to phase out small local reservoirs, opting instead to store water in groundwater basins and behind the Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace.
View of the Baldwin Hills Reservoir with the outlet tower in the foreground and inlet lines on the floor of the reservoir. Tower markings go from 435 to 478 feet and show elevations above sea level. Deepest part of reservoir is 66 feet below highest level shown on tower.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 114.
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Department of Water and Power
Reservoirs--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Flood dams and reservoirs--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Water-supply--California, Southern
Dams--Design and construction
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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