Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
The News and Observer (newspaper),
Wednesday, March 14, 1928.


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SCORES DROWNED WHEN
BURSTING DAM UNLOOSES
TORRENTS IN CALIFORNIA


Sleeping Residents of San
Francisquito Canyon Trap-
ped Without Warning By
Flood From Reservoir


OFFICIALS FEAR THAT
TOLL OF DEATH WILL
BE SWELLED TO 400


Thought That Pressure of 12
Billion Gallons of Water
Early Yesterday Caused
Break; No Evidence of
Earthquake Reported By
Observatories; Morgues
Filled With Victims But
Few Are Identified; Val-
ley Presents Scene of Deso-
lation

As can be seen in this Raleigh, NC 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.


al2037: Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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