Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
The Rocky Mountain News (newspaper),
Wednesday, March 14, 1928.


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TOLL IN FLOOD MORE THAN 300 LIVES


277 BODIES RECOVERED
AFTER COAST DISASTER;
DAMAGE IS $15,000,000


Waters Break Through Dam and Sweep Over Fertile
Santa Clara Valley, Demolishing Homes
in Wide Area


SEVERAL HUNDRED PERSONS ARE STILL MISSING


Makeshift Morgues Filled; Seepage, Weakening
Barrier, and Cloudburst Are Blamed

As can be seen in this Denver, CO 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.


al2056: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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