Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
The News and Observer (newspaper),
Thursday, March 15, 1928.


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KNOWN DEATH TOLL FROM
COLLAPSE OF CALIFORNIA
DAM NOW STANDS AT 264


Rehabilitation Work Gets
Under Way in San Francis-
quito Canyon and Santa
Clara Valley


SEARCHING PARTIES IN
STRICKEN AREA ASSIST
IN RECOVERING BODIES


Meantime Rescue Crews and
Repair Gangs Begin Task
of Restoring Beautiful Val-
ley To Some Semblance of
Order and Industry; Com-
mittee Organized to Form-
ulate Permanent Rehabili-
tation Plans; Valley Resi-
dents Declare City Of Los
Angeles, Which Built the
Dam As a Part of Its Water
System, Responsible For
The Terrible Disaster; Dr
D.W. Mott, Former State
Senator, Tells Governor
Young That 'The Responsi-
bility Is That of a Selfish
City That Took the Water
Belonging to Us'; Breaking
of Dam Climax of Long
Legal Battle Over Santa
Clara Water Rights

As can be seen in this Raleigh, NC newspaper from March 15, 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.


al2058: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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