Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (newspaper),
Wednesday, March 14, 1928.

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Hundreds Are Swept To Death
As Dam Breaks; 865 Missing
In Great California Disaster

274 Bodies Already Re-
covered in San Francis-
quito Canyon.


Giant Concrete Retaining
Wall Lets Go Without

As can be seen in this Richmond, VA 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.

al2036: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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