Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster
Los Angeles Examiner

Los Angeles Examiner
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SEVEN FLOOD INQUIRIES
ON AS DEAD REACH 300


STATE, CITY, AND COUNTY
SEEK TO PLACE BLAME
FOR DAM CATASTROPHE


Power Bureau Has Three Geologists Busy
At Scene; Council Asks Special Engineer
Report; Organized Search of Wreckage
Starts; Steps Taken Against Pestilence

The St. Francis Dam collapsed at 11:57 1/2 pm on March 12, 1928. As such, due to reporting deadlines, the first reports of the disaster appeared in most evening newspaper editions in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the country on March 13. Therefore, this March 15, 1928 edition of the Los Angeles Examiner represents the third day of reporting on the dam disaster. There were multiple editions of the newspaper published on March 15, each with variations of different headlines, and each reflecting a growing death toll. At least three of the editions on March 15 contained the famous photo of Water Superintendent William Mulholland and his assistant Harvey Van Norman sadly and sullenly looking from a hillside over the tattered remains of the St. Francis Dam.


Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
St. Francis Dam Disaster In
Los Angeles Newspapers

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LA Examiner 3-13-28 1st Edition

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LA Examiner 3-13-28 2nd Edition

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LA Times 3-14-28

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LA Evening Express
3-14-28

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LA Examiner 3-14-28 1st Edition

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LA Examiner 3-14-28 2nd Edition

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LA Examiner 3-15-28 1st Edition

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LA Examiner 3-15-28 2nd Edition

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LA Examiner 3-15-28 3rd Edition

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LA Examiner 3-15-28 4th Edition

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LA Examiner 3-15-28 5th Edition

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LA Examiner 3-16-28 1st Edition

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LA Examiner 3-16-28 2nd Edition

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LA Examiner 3-17-28 1st Edition

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LA Examiner 3-17-28 2nd Edition

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LA Examiner 3-17-28 3rd Edition

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LA Examiner 3-17-28 4th Edition

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LA Evening Herald
4-10-28

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