Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
Albany Evening News (newspaper),
Albany, New York.

Tuesday, March 13, 1928.

Albany Evening News

200 TO 500 DIE AS DAM BREAKS
Giant Wall Of Water Engulfs Valley Near Los Angeles

MYSTERY ENSHROUDS CAUSE OF DISASTER WIPING OUT ENTIRE SLEEPING COMMUNITY

Nearly All Inhabitants Believed Buried Under Sand; Property Damage Called Enormous.

RESCUE WORKERS RUSH TO SCENE OF DISASTER FIND BUT FIVE ALIVE

Menace Seen to Los Angeles Water Supply, Railroad Bridges Washed Away, Citrus Groves Flooded.

As can be seen in this Albany, New York newspaper from March 13, 1928, the St. Francis Dam disaster was big news and made huge banner headlines all over the country when first reported in the press. Today this second largest disaster in California history is mostly forgotten in the rest of the country but well remembered in the Santa Clarita Valley.


Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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