Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
Lewiston Evening Journal(newspaper),
Tuesday, March 13, 1928.


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HUNDREDS ARE DROWNED WHEN
A CALIFORNIA DAM GIVES WAY


Death List May Reach 400---100 Bodies Recovered---Cause of Break a Mys-
tery---First Reports of Quake Discredited---Great Wall of Water From
Los Angeles Aqueduct Engulfs San Francisquito Canyon,
Sweeping Everything Before It, Burying Bodies Deeply


NO WARNING OF
DOWNPOUR WHICH
TRAPT HUNDREDS


Billion and a Half Gallons of Water
Flows Through Canyon to Sea, De-
stroying Everything in its Path—
Enormous Property Damage

As can be seen in this Lewiston, ME 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.


al2042: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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