Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Newhall Cowboys Place Marker at Ruiz Cemetery
San Francisquito Canyon

Silent Western actor and Newhall resident William S. Hart kneels at the marker erected at by Hart and the other "Newhall Cowboys" at the Ruiz Cemetery in San Francisquito Canyon, probably on Sunday, March 25, 1928. The design of the marker (seen here in 2002 closeup) was spearheaded by a deputy sheriff Bogardus and other community leaders.

Kneeling: Bob Addington (left), William S. Hart. Standing (probably left to right:) Cy Cooke, Tex Palmer, Ed Warren, Andy Jauregui, Frank Rouff and Walter Whitmore.

The marker reads: "In memory of those who lost their lives in the Santa Clara flood, Mar. 13, 1928 — Erected by the Newhall Cowboys."

Further reading: Requiem to a Little Soldier: A lifeless lamb in a makeshift morgue brings Newhall's leading citizen to his knees.


Construction on the 600-foot-long, 185-foot-high St. Francis Dam started in August 1924. With a 12.5 billion-gallon capacity, the reservoir began to fill with water on March 1, 1926. It was completed two months later.

At 11:57:30 p.m. on March 12, 1928, the dam failed, sending a 180-foot-high wall of water crashing down San Francisquito Canyon. An estimated 470 people lay dead by the time the floodwaters reached the Pacific Ocean south of Ventura 5½ hours later.

It was the second-worst disaster in California history, after the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, in terms of lives lost — and America's worst civil engineering failure of the 20th Century.


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RUIZ CEMETERY


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Ruiz Family x7

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Perea (Founder)

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Constant LeBrun

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Nick Rivera

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Leonard Cesena

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Erratchuo 1928

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1928 Mourners

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Newhall Cowboys 1928 Marker x2

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1963 Mabel Packard Wagner Visit x5

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Fred & Frances Cooke

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Harry S. Chacanaca

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Pre-2002 Fire

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2002 Copper Fire x10

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