Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
Boston Evening Transcript (newspaper),
Tuesday, March 13, 1928.


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Dam Breaks; 400 Perish?


ST. FRANCIS RESERVOIR, LOS
ANGELES SYSTEM LOOSES
1,344,000,000 GALLONS


100 Bodies Recovered--$100,000
Edison Plant in
Ruins


WATER 75 FEET HIGH
SWEEPS THROUGH CANON


Only Five Known to Survive of
Those in Flood’s
Path


TREMENDOUS DAMAGE CAUSED


Power Lines Cut, Railroad De-
Destroyed—Ventura Oil Fields
in Danger


1000 MEN RUSHED TO AID


But Red Cross Told that Toll Will
Be Counted in
Dead


SEEPAGE CAUSED DAM BREAK


West Support, Weakened By Heavy
Rains, Suddenly Gives
Way


NO DANGER TO LOS ANGELES


Sufficient Water in San Fernando
Reservoir For Thirty
Days

As can be seen in this Boston, MA 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.


al2043: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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