Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
The Evening Star(newspaper),
Tuesday, March 13, 1928.


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HUNDREDS KILLED AS DAM COLLAPSES


WATER SWEEPS DOWN
ON SLEEPING FAMILIES
IN CALIFORNIA VALLEY


Seepage Blamed For Catastrophe.
Victims Trapped Between
Walls of Canyon.


RIVER VILLAGES AND RAILROADS
PERILED AS FLOOD SPREADS OUT


Film Actor’s Ranch is Inundated—100
Dead Found at One Spot—Red Cross
Workers Rush to Scene

As can be seen in this Washington, DC 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.


al2044: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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