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Visiting the "Tombstone"
St. Francis Dam Disaster

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Tourists and their automobiles (detail below) are seen on the north side (reservoir side) of the "Tombstone" — the center section of the St. Francis Dam that remained standing after the dam failed on March 12-13, 1928. BW print, 3¼x5½ inches. One of two photographs loaned by Holly Nemback of Idaho (formerly of Valencia), 2018.

A second group of people is inspecting another section of the broken dam in the background.

This photograph was made with a different camera from the one used to make this photograph which features an ancestor of Holly's husband, Steve Nemback. It was probably also made at a different (later) time. Note the vegetation growing inside the empty reservoir.

The photograph was made no later than April 1929, when the Tombstone was dynamited.



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HB2803: 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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