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Visiting the "Tombstone"
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Grace Lyon Nemback visits the site of the St. Francis Dam in San Francisquito Canyon soon after the dam collapsed just before midnight on March 12, 1928. BW print, 3x4 inches. Handwritten inscription on back of photograph (see below) reads:

Grace Lyon Nemback
San Francisquito Canyon when Dam broke.
E. Maas

We don't know who "E. Maas" is.

According to contributors Holly Nemback of Idaho (formerly of Valencia) and her husband Steve Nemback, Grace was probably a cousin to Steve's grandmother, Dora Nemback, who lived in San Fernando (pers. comm. 2018).

Additional tourists or perhaps inspectors can be seen in the background below the "tombstone," the center section of the dam, which remained standing until it was dynamited in 1929.



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HB2802: 9600 dpi jpeg and archival tiff from original print courtesy of Holly Nemback. Online only.
NEMBACK PHOTOS

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Visting Dam Site

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Reservoir Side

END OF THE TOMBSTONE
St. Francis Dam

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Youth Dies from Fall 5/27/1928

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Preparing to Dynamite 4/16/1929

Dam to be Toppled 4/19/1929


Dam Crumbles (Before) 5/30/1929


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