Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (newspaper),
Tuesday, March 13, 1928.


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CALIFORNIA DAM BREAKS; 200 TO 500 REPORTED DEAD


HUGE WALL OF
WATER GOES
DOWN CANYON
DURING NIGHT


Cause of Disaster to Los
Angeles Reservoir, 45
Miles North of City, Not
Determined.


500 MEN BEGIN
TO HUNT FOR BODIES


Rescue Work Director Says
Victims Had No Chance
to Escape--Heavy Dam-
age to Property.

As can be seen in this St. Louis 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.


al2034: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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