Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam: Blue Cut Area
St. Francis Dam Disaster

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Photo No. 21 from The Newhall Land and Farming Co.'s March 24, 1928 report on the March 12-13 St. Francis Dam Disaster.

West of the decimated Edison Construction Camp, opposite the Blue Cut Promontory on the south bank of the river, "the water seems to have attained its greatest depth anywhere on the Ranch and as near as we could judge it reached a height of something like 60 feet. (This photo) shows the level of the flood water above the river bottom by the white line along the hillside just as clearly as though a gang had gone in and cleaned out all the brush and vegetation on a line marked out by surveyors."

Original caption by Almer M. Newhall reads as follows:

No. 21 South side of river opposite Blue Cut Promontory.

From Plate VII.

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