Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
The Charlotte Observer (newspaper),
Wednesday, March 14, 1928.


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HUNDREDS DIE IN FLOOD


BIG DAM BREAKS IN
CALIFORNIA VALLEY


FEAR 400 LOST IN CATASTROPHE


Peaceful Communities Blotted
Out as Los Angeles Reser-
voir Wall Topples


MORE THAN 175 BODIES FOUND


Death Rides Into Peaceful Val-
ley on Floodcrest With-
out Warning.


Baby Torn From
Mother's Grasp
By Freak Eddy


DAM BUILDER
BLAMES QUAKE


Engineer Says Dynamite Only
Other External Force
Powerful Enough.

As can be seen in this Charlotte, NC newspaper from March 14, 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.


al2047: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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