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THE ST. FRANCIS DAM NATIONAL MEMORIAL

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In July 2014, on behalf of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, Santa Clarita City Council, Community Hiking Club and others, U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon introduced H.R. 5357, The Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act. The bill would "authorize a national memorial to commemorate those killed by the collapse of the Saint Francis Dam on March 12, 1928."
The proposed legislation would right a wrong, giving the heroes and victims the recognition they justly deserve.

We need to "flood" Congress with letters to make this dream a reality.


San Francisquito Canyon
and the St. Francis Dam

See Also HARRY CAREY RANCH

HR5357: Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act • Introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon, 7-31-2014

Extended Timeline: A Blow-by-Blow Account of the St. Francis Dam Disaster • Alan Pollack, 3-13-2014

ROSTER of St. Francis Dam Victims • Ann Stansell, 2-22-2014

Memorialization and Memory of Southern California's St. Francis Dam Disaster of 1928 • Master's Thesis by Ann C. Stansell, CSUN 2014

St. Francis: Death & Disability Claims & Claimants (NAMES) • 7-15-1929

Report on St. Francis Dam Flood • Newhall Land & Farming Co., 3-24-1928

•Extensive report & photos of damage in the Santa Clarita Valley.

St. Francis Dam Disaster. Brunner's Newhall History 1940.

Memories of St. Francis Dam Disaster. Brunner's Newhall History 1940.

St. Francis Dam Disaster, by Charles C. Teague (Ventura County Committee) • Excerpt from "Fifty Years a Rancher," 1944.

The Rise and Fall of William Mulholland by Alan Pollack, 11-2007.

St. Francis Dam Disaster: Victims and Heroes by Alan Pollack, 03-2008.

St. Francis Dam: Too Big Not to Fail by Alan Pollack, 03-2010.

The Chief Doesn't Deserve Ridicule for St. Francis Commentary by Pony Horton, 4-26-1998.

Forgotten Casualties: CSUN Prof Hopes to Tell the Human Stories of St. Francis Dam Disaster CSUN 11-4-2013.

Driving Directions to the St. Francis Dam Site

Ruiz Cemetery

Ruiz-Perea Family Cemetery: A Census Grave Markers Transcribed by Karen Murray • April 2001.

Strange Happenings At Ruiz Cemetery by Leon Worden • The Signal, May 1996.

LW2154 - Ruiz Cemetery Headstones & Census (20 Images).

TS1915 - Graves of Ramon & Antonia Perea. Color photograph, 3-2002.

LW2077 - William S. Hart at Ruiz Cemetery, March 1928.

LT0101 - Chief Frances & Fred Cooke's Descendants Gather at Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, March 2001.

TS1964 - Harry S. Chacanaca's Grave Marker, Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, 3-2002.

LW060502 - Ruiz Cemetery Smolders in Fire (10 Images), 6-5-2002.

LW2430 - Fred & Frances Cooke's Grave Marker, Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, 7-14-2013.

LP2401 - August (Gus) LeBrun's Grave Marker in Ruiz Cemetery (1884-1924).

Dam Disaster History by Peggy Kelly

New Gold Discoveries in San Francisquito Canyon Los Angeles Herald • 6-6-1897.

Human Remains Encountered During Construction: Green Valley, 1971 • News reports.

Historic Headlines: Remembering the St. Francis Dam Disaster by Michele E. Buttelman • The Signal, 3-11-2001.

Story of a St. Francis Dam Survivor by Lauren Grokett • For The Signal Zone, 11-23-2001.

Santa Paula Event to Honor Heroes of Disaster Press Release, 2003.

City, Survivors to Mark Deadly '28 Dam Break by Suzie St. John • Los Angeles Times, 2-9-2003.

Avalanche of Water Left Death, Ruin in Its Wake by Cecilia Rasmussen • Los Angeles Times, 2-16-2003.

Hart-Earp Letters Discuss Dam Disaster by Truman Rex Fisher • Letter, Los Angeles Times, 2-15-2003.

Bill Hart and the Little Dam Victim by Leon Worden • The Signal, 5-17-2003.

Ivan Dorset Remembers the St. Francis Dam Disaster by Leon Worden • The Signal, 2-26-2003.

Survivors Remember St. Francis Dam Tragedy by Pearl Obispo • The Signal, 3-17-2003.

"Breaking of the St. Francis Dam" 78 RPM Record | by John Hutchens (J. McGhee), 3-25-1928.

St. Francis Dam Disaster Poem by Ron Pinkerton • 7-16-1979.

"St. Francis Dam Disaster" CD Cover | by Frank Black (Black Francis), 2001.

The St. Francis Dam Break • Lyrics by Dan DeVere & Jane Williams • 3-9-2003.

St. Francis Dam: One Family's Ordeal • by David Desmond • Gazette, July-August 2006.

LW2282 - Major Gordon's Stage Station (est. 1859) and 1936 HABS Report & Drawings (Multiple Views).

AP2319 - Perea Property / Raggio Ranch, 1887.

AP1829 - Perea Property, circa 1887.

GR0811 - San Francisquito Canyon, 1893. 62K.

GR0812 - Gold Mining on the LeBrun Ranch, 1890s.

Simeon Tucker, San Francisquito Canyon Rancher-Hotelier (1896-1902), Passport photo 1919.

LW2054 - William Mulholland, Civil Engineer & St. Francis Dam Builder

LW2206 - William Mulholland, Civil Engineer & St. Francis Dam Builder

FR2001 - Powerhouse 2 Under Construction, ~1920.

AS2801 - San Francisquito School, 3-9-1928.

AP2329 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, ca. 1924.

AL3034 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, ca. 1925.

AP2330 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926. 101K.

AP2331 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926. 78K.

LW2081 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926. 83K.

AL3024 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926.

LW2574 - St. Francis Dam With Water in Forebay, 1927.

SR2701 - Baby Book of Richard Bruitt Smith, b. 3-14-1927; St. Francis Dam Entry.

AP2332 - St. Francis Dam With Water in Reservoir, May 1926-March 1928. 130K.

MF2601 - Walking Across Top of St. Francis Dam, 1926-1928. 31K.

HC2801 - Dam: Plugging Leak with Sloppy Cement, 2/1928.

HC2804 - Face of the St. Francis Dam, 2/1928.

HC2806 - St. Francis Reservoir, 2/1928.

HS2809 - St. Francis Dam Shortly Before Its Collapse. 156K.

AL2024 - St. Francis Dam Before the Break, circa March, 1928. 160K.

HS2808 - (Formerly) Last Photo of the St. Francis Dam Intact, 3-9-1928.

DI2802 - Another Copy: St. Francis Dam Intact, 3-9-1928.

GM1928 - (Even Later) Last Photo of the St. Francis Dam Intact, 3-11-1928.

LW2403 - Damkeeper Tony Harnischfeger & Family, n.d.


SP0000 - Dam & Power House Before & After Failure, 1926-1928 (20 Views).

AS2802 - Survey Map: Flood-damaged Properties, San Francisquito Canyon, 1928.

WS2801 - Cleanup at Power House No. 2, March 1928 (Oversized).

CG2801 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Photos shot March 13, 1928 (10 Views).

LW2642 - St. Francis Dam Disaster: Ruins, 17 Views, Ex-San Francisco PUC Archives, ~3-13-1928.

AP2333 - St. Francis Dam Failure, March 1928.

AL3029 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Inspecting Ruins of the Dam, March 1928.

AL3030 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Ruins of the Dam, March 1928.

LW2179 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Aerial View, March 1928.

AL3028 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Aerial View, March 1928.

HS2810 - St. Francis Dam: West Abutment.

WS2802 - Empty Reservoir, March 1928 (Oversized).

GR0840 - St. Francis Dam Floodpath, 1928.

AS2804 - List of Employees' Automobiles Wrecked in Edison Camp at Kemp, LADWP Archive.

WF2800 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, 6 Contemporary Photo Postcards, 1928.

AL2020 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Castaic Bridge Wreckage, March 1928.

AL2021 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Flood Victims Crossing River, March 1928.

AL2022 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Rescue Party, March 1928.

AL2023 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Search Party, March 1928.

LW2207 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage, March 1928.

HS2801 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage (Car), March 1928.

HS2802 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage (Car), March 1928.

HS2803 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage (Home), March 1928.

HS2804 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage (Vehicle), March 1928.

HS2805 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage, March 1928.

HS2806 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage, March 1928.

HS2807 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage (Vehicles), March 1928.

AL3043a - St. Francis Flood Damage, Santa Paula, March 1928.

AL3043b - St. Francis Flood Damage, Santa Paula, March 1928.

LP2803 - St. Francis Flood Damage, Santa Paula, Thomas Ward Photos, 2 Views, 4-8-1928.

DI2801 - St. Francis Flood Damage: Upended SP Train Track, 1928.

LADWP Archive: Castaic Junction

RO2803i - Aerial View of Flood Path (x3).

RO2803c - High Water Mark, Oberg Siding.

RO2803d - Southern Pacific Tracks Moved.

RO2803b - Southern Pacific Track Erosion.

RO2803a - Highway Pile Driver in Use.

RO2803e - Highway Pile Driver in Use.

RO2803f - Highway Pile Driver in Use.

H.C. & E.C. Lamb Collection, 1928

EJ2801 - Wreckage at Kemp.

EJ2803 - Wreckage at Kemp.

EJ2802 - SPRR Pile Driver, Castaic Junction.

DI2804 - Concrete Dam Rubble, 2 Views.

AP0115 - St. Francis Dam Hero, 1928. 66K.

FR2801 - Hap-A-Lan Hall (Masons) in Newhall as Morgue for Dam Victims, Exterior, March 1928.

HS9022 - Dam victims' bodies fill Newhall's Masonic hall, March 1928.

LW2055 - Wm. Mulholland & Harvey Van Norman Inspect St. Francis Dam Wreckage, 3-15-1928.

LW2479 - Red Cross Relief: Shelters, Soup Lines, Nurses, Hospital. 6 Views.

ID2101 - Lyman & Lillian Curtis, St. Francis Dam Victims, 1921.

ID2101 - Marjorie, Mazie & Danny Curtis, St. Francis Dam Victims, ca. 1928.

LW2244 - Graves of Gottardi Family, St. Francis Dam Victims (mother & five children), d. 3-13-1928.

HC2802 - Crowds Flock to the St. Francis Dam Tombstone, 2 Views, 1928 (Helena Carter collection).

DI2806 - Crowds Flock to the St. Francis Dam Tombstone, 1928 (Sharon Divis collection).

DI2803 - Tombstone, Inside Looking Out, 1928.

HC2805 - Tombstone & Fallen Section, 1928.

HC2807 - Toppled Section of Dam, 1928.

HC2808 - Western Abutment After the Break, 1928.

ES1928 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Photos shot April 8, 1928 (11 Views).

AL3042 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Real Photo Postcard, Ruins of the Dam, April 13, 1928.

DI2807 - Picnic at Dam Disaster Site, ~1928-1929.

HS7029 - Billboard for 1928 Dam Movie.

HB2801 - Gold Badge Awarded to Officer Thornton Edwards, 1928.

DJ2801 - Rebuilding Power Plant No. 2 After St. Francis Disaster, 1928.

RO2801 - Temporary Reconstruction of Auto Bridge Over Santa Clara River at Castaic Junction, 1928.

RO2802 - Map of Flood-damaged Bridges in Santa Clarita Valley.

FR3001 - Powerhouse 2 Employee Housing at Stator Lane, n.d. (1930s-1950s).

AL2063 - Bouquet Canyon Dam under construction to replace the St. Francis, press photo, 8-24-1933.

RJ1000 - Raggio Ranch, c. 1940s.

RJ1010 - Raggio Ranch, c. 1940s.

JB4001 - Artifact: Newhall Dairy Farms Milk Bottle, ca. 1940s, Found 10-15-2013.

AP2321 - The Gold Bowl, 1963.

AP2322 - The Gold Bowl, 1963.

HS0101 - St. Francis Dam Site, January 2001.

LW2100a - St. Francis Dam: Wing Dyke Ruins (2 Views), 3-11-2001.

LW2100c - St. Francis Dam: Ruins at Base, 3-11-2001.

Photo Gallery - Ruins of Structure on Tucker Ranch, 10 Views, 5-5-2014.

Los Angeles Aqueduct

AL1301 - ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: Construction & Opening of L.A. Aqueduct, Mulholland, Etc., 1913.

Owens River Water Rights Obtained for Los Angeles Aqueduct • Los Angeles Daily Times, 07-29-1905.

Los Angeles Aqueduct Opening Ceremonies • Los Angeles Times, 11-6-1913.

100 Mules Commemorate 100th Anniversary of L.A. Aqueduct • SCVNews.com, 11-4-2013.

"William Mulholland" Presides Over L.A. Aqueduct Cascades Centennial • LADWP, 11-5-2013.

LW2418 - L.A. Aqueduct Construction Crew with Dredger, 1910.

LW2419 - Elizabeth Tunnel Construction (L.A. Aqueduct), 1910.

AP2320 - Power House No. 1, ~1910. 77K.

LW2420 - Jawbone Siphon (L.A. Aqueduct), Early 1910s.

AP1925 - L.A. Aqueduct Construction Camp at Saugus Junction, 1911.

AL2092 - Jawbone Siphon (L.A. Aqueduct Right of Way), ca. 1912.

AL1913 - Invitation to Opening Ceremony, Owens Valley-Los Angeles Aqueduct, November 5, 1913.

AL1951 - Los Angeles Aqueduct, Opening Ceremonies, November 5, 1913 (8 Views).

RI1301 - Harrison Gray Otis & Ellen Beach Yaw at L.A. Aqueduct Grand Opening, 11-5-1913.

AL1915 - Los Angeles Aqueduct Cascades, 1915.

AL2091 - Power House No. 1 Under Construction, 11-1-1915.

AL1918 - Terminus of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, March, 1918.

AL1959 - Oil Wells and Los Angeles Aqueduct, Placerita Canyon, 1940s-50s.

LW2502 - Los Angeles Aqueduct in Placerita Canyon, 2 Views, 2013.

LW2548 - Cascades: 1971 Earthquake Damage.

LW2514 - L.A. Aqueduct Centennial Garden Opens at Mulholland Memorial Fountain, 10-23-2013.

LW2510 - Christine Mulholland at L.A. Aqueduct Centennial Celebration, 11-5-2013.

Photo Gallery - L.A. Aqueduct Centennial Celebration at Cascades, Multiple Views, 11-5-2013.

Photo Gallery - Cascades Open for L.A. Aqueduct Centennial, Multiple Views, 11-9-2013.

Photo Gallery - William Mulholland Memorial Fountain & L.A. Aqueduct Centennial Garden, Multiple Views, 11-10-2013.


St. Francis Dam Disaster
In The News
 • Collection of Dr. Alan Pollack

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (San Francisco, CA) San Francisco Chronicle, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (San Francisco, CA) The San Francisco Call, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Oakland, CA) Oakland Tribune, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (St. Louis, MO) St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Topeka, KS) The Topeka State Journal, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Chicago, IL) The Chicago Daily News, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Toledo, OH) The Toledo News-Bee, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Detroit, MI) The Detroit News, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Milwaukee, WI) Wisconsin News, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Everett, WA) The Everett Daily Herald, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (New London, CT) New London Evening Day, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Boston, MA) Boston Evening Transcript, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Fitchburg, MA) Fitchburg Sentinel, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Albany, NY) Albany Evening News, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Lewiston, ME) Lewiston Evening Journal, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Washington, DC) The Evening Star, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 1st Edition, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 2nd Edition, 3-13-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Times, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Evening Express, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 1st Edition, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 2nd Edition, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Oakland, CA) Oakland Tribune, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Prescott, AZ) Weekly Journal-Miner, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Denver, CO) The Rocky Mountain News, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (St. Paul, MN) St. Paul Pioneer Press, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Chicago, IL) Chicago Daily Tribune, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Chicago, IL) The Chicago Daily News, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (St. Louis, MO) St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Dallas, TX) The Dallas Morning News, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Richmond, VA) Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Raleigh, NC) The News and Observer, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Charlotte, NC) The Charlotte Observer, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Atlanta, GA) The Atlanta Constitution, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Milwaukee, WI) Wisconsin News, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Beloit, WI) The Beloit Daily News, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Omaha, NE) The Omaha Morning Bee-News, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Toledo, OH) The Toledo News-Bee, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Springfield, MA) The Springfield Union, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (New York, NY) The New York Times, 3-14-1928

List of Survivors from Edison Camp at Kemp • Santa Paula Chronicle, 3-14-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (New York, NY) The New York Times, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (Raleigh, NC) The News and Observer, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • (San Francisco, CA) The San Francisco Call, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 1st Edition, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 2nd Edition, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 3rd Edition, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 4th Edition, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 5th Edition, 3-15-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 1st Edition, 3-16-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 2nd Edition, 3-16-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 1st Edition, 3-17-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 2nd Edition, 3-17-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 3rd Edition, 3-17-1928

The St. Francis Dam Disaster • Los Angeles Examiner, 4th Edition, 3-17-1928

But One Girl Left of School; Even Teacher Dead (Cecilia Small) • Source & Date Unknown (1928)

Dr. Mead Blames Base for Dam Failure • Los Angeles Evening Herald, 4-10-1928

Felda (aka Velda) Louella Smith Pike, St. Francis Dam Victim, d. 1928 • The Signal, 4-19-1928

Remains of St. Francis Dam (the 'Tombstone') Toppled • The Signal, 4-18-1929 & 5-30-1929


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