Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
New York Times (newspaper),
New York, New York.

Wednesday, March 14, 1928.

New York Times

274 PERISH, 700 MISSING, IN TORRENT
LOOSED BY BURSTING CALIFORNIA DAM;
FLOOD ENGULFS VICTIMS AS THEY SLEEP.

WATER WALL 78 FEET HIGH.

Homes, Ranches and Roads Are Swept Away in 20-Mile Canyon.

PACK TRAINS HUNT BODIES

Many Are Buried in Silt Left by
Loosing of Huge Reservoir
North of Los Angeles

TOWNS ESTABLISH MORGUES

Red Cross Units and 1,500 Offi-
cers Carry on Relief -- Troops
Are Mobilized.

As can be seen in this New York, New York 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.


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