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The St. Francis Dam Disaster

Timeline of the Disaster

Louis Rivera Honored for Heroism. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Louis Rivera Honored for Heroism

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ap0115.htm


Images from John Nichols Collection

Deputy Sheriff Eddie Hearne. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Deputy Sheriff Eddie Hearne

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ng4025.htm


Officers Lee Shepard, Stanley Baker, John Messer. HEROES OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Officers Lee Shepard, Stanley Baker, John Messer
HEROES OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ng4026.htm


Officer Thornton Edwards. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Officer Thornton Edwards
HERO OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ng4034.htm


Gold Badge Awarded to Officer Thornton Edwards. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Gold Badge Awarded to Officer Thornton Edwards

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

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Switchboard Operators Reicel Jones and Althea Marks. HEROES OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Switchboard Operators Reicel Jones and Althea Marks
HEROES OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

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Louise Gipe, Switchboard Operator. HEROINE OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Louise Gipe, Switchboard Operator

HEROINE OF THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/jb2804.htm


Ruiz Cemetery

Newhall Cowboys Place Marker at Ruiz Cemetery. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Newhall Cowboys Place Marker at Ruiz Cemetery

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2077.htm


Ruiz Family, Dam Victims. RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Ruiz Family, Dam Victims

RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2154b.htm


Ruiz Family Grave Markers. RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Ruiz Family Grave Markers

RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

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Burial of St. Francis Dam Victims. RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Burial of St. Francis Dam Victims

RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/gr0841.htm


Rosarita & Roland Erratchuo, Dam Victims. RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Rosarita & Roland Erratchuo, Dam Victims

RUIZ CEMETERY, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2154f.htm


St. Francis Dam

William Mulholland. ST. FRANCIS DAM BUILDER. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
William Mulholland

ST. FRANCIS DAM BUILDER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2054.htm


William Mulholland. ST. FRANCIS DAM BUILDER. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
William Mulholland

ST. FRANCIS DAM BUILDER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2206.htm


Powerhouse 2 Under Construction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Powerhouse 2 Under Construction

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fr2001.htm


St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ap2329.htm


St. Francis Dam Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Construction

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3034.htm


St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2985.htm


St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

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St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ap2331.htm


St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Under Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2081.htm


St. Francis Dam Construction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Construction

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3024a.htm


Footbridge Over Forebay. ST. FRANCIS DAM | SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Footbridge Over Forebay
ST. FRANCIS DAM | SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2986.htm


St. Francis Dam with Water in Forebay. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam with Water in Forebay

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2574.htm


St. Francis Dam with Water in Forebay. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam with Water in Forebay

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2713.htm


St. Francis Dam with Water. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam With Water

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ap2332a.htm


Walking Across Top of Dam. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Walking Across Top of Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/mf2601.htm


St. Francis Dam Intact. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Intact
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3042.htm


St. Francis Reservoir. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Reservoir
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3184.htm


St. Francis Dam Intact. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Intact

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/la2801.htm


Plugging a Leak. ST. FRANCIS DAM. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Plugging a Leak

ST. FRANCIS DAM

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Reservoir, Late February 1928. ST. FRANCIS DAM. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Reservoir, Late February 1928

ST. FRANCIS DAM

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hc2806.htm


St. Francis Dam. San Francisquito Canyon. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al2024.htm


St. Francis Dam and Reservoir. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam and Reservoir
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs2808.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster. San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon & Floodpath

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cg2801.htm


San Francisquito School. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
San Francisquito School

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/as2801.htm


Last Known Photo of Intact Dam. ST. FRANCIS DAM | SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam Disaster.
Last Known Photo of Intact Dam

ST. FRANCIS DAM | SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/gm1928.htm


Tony Harnischfeger & Family. ST. FRANCIS DAM KEEPER. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Tony Harnischfeger & Family

ST. FRANCIS DAM KEEPER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2403.htm


The St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Creek Flows with St. Francis Floodwaters. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
San Francisquito Creek Flows with St. Francis Floodwaters
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3703.htm


William Mulholland. INSPECTING ST. FRANCIS DAM FAILURE. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
William Mulholland
INSPECTING ST. FRANCIS DAM FAILURE

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William Mulholland Inspects Disaster Site. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
William Mulholland Inspects Disaster Site
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3084.htm


Coroner's Jury Inspects Dam Site. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Coroner’s Jury Inspects Dam Site
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7074.htm


William Mulholland, Coroner Frank Nance, Others. HALL OF JUSTICE, LOS ANGELES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
William Mulholland, Coroner Frank Nance, Others

HALL OF JUSTICE, LOS ANGELES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2822.htm


Pathe Newsreel Footage

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

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South Face of the Tombstone. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
South Face of the Tombstone

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2810.htm


South Face of the Tombstone. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
South Face of the Tombstone

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2812.htm


South Face of the Tombstone. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
South Face of the Tombstone

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2814.htm


Inside Looking Out. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Inside Looking Out

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2816.htm


Eastern Abutment. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Eastern Abutment

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2820.htm

South Face. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
South Face

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2822.htm


Piece of Dam. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Piece of Dam

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2824.htm


Piece of Dam. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Piece of Dam

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2850.htm


Empty St. Francis Reservoir. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Empty St. Francis Reservoir

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/sp2851.htm


Survey Map: Flood-damaged Properties. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Survey Map: Flood-damaged Properties

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/as2802.htm


Cleanup at Power House No. 2. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Cleanup at Power House No. 2

St. Francis Dam Disaster

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ws2801.htm


San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cg2802.htm


San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cg2803.htm


San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cg2804.htm


San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cg2806.htm


San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon & Flood path

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cg2809.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction. SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3538.htm


Reservoir Side of Dam After Break. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Reservoir Side of Dam After Break

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642a.htm


Crack in Wing Dike After Break. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Crack in Wing Dike After Break

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642b.htm


Base of Dam After Failure. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Base of Dam After Failure

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642c.htm


Base of Dam After Break. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Base of Dam After Break

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642d.htm


Large Chunks of St. Francis Dam Hurtled Down Canyon. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Large Chunks of St. Francis Dam Hurtled Down Canyon

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

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Gulley Carved by Evacuating Water. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Gulley Carved by Evacuating Water

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642l.htm


Overview of Dam & Reservoir After Break. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Overview of Dam & Reservoir After Break

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

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Auxiliary Spillway Sill After Failure. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
Auxiliary Spillway Sill After Failure

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642h.htm


St. Francis Dam "Tombstone". EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
St. Francis Dam “Tombstone”

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642i.htm


2 Inspectors Climb Block 5. EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES. Photos of the St. Francis Dam disaster.
2 Inspectors Climb Block 5

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642n.htm


St. Francis Dam: Tombstone, Wing Dike, Reservoir

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES
St. Francis Dam: Tombstone, Wing Dike, Reservoir

EX-SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ARCHIVES

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2642o.htm


St. Francis Dam Failure

San Francisquito Canyon
St. Francis Dam Failure

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ap2333a.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
St. Francis Dam Disaster

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3029.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
St. Francis Dam Disaster

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3030.htm


Aerial View of St. Francis Dam Failure
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Aerial View of St. Francis Dam Failure
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2179.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
St. Francis Dam Disaster

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3028.htm


West Abutment & Wing Dike

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER
West Abutment & Wing Dike

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2813.htm


Empty St. Francis Reservoir

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Empty St. Francis Reservoir

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ws2802.htm


Ruins of St. Francis Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Ruins of St. Francis Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3083.htm


Dam Site
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE
Dam Site
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3496.htm


Dam Site
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE
Dam Site
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

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Dam Site
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE
Dam Site
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3496.htm


Concrete Dam Rubble

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Concrete Dam Rubble

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2804.htm


Crowds Flock to the Tombstone

ST. FRANCIS DAM
Crowds Flock to the Tombstone

ST. FRANCIS DAM

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hc2802a.htm


Crowds Flock to the Tombstone

ST. FRANCIS DAM
Crowds Flock to the Tombstone

ST. FRANCIS DAM

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2806.htm


Tombstone with Ladder
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER
Tombstone with Ladder
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2819.htm


Tombstone with Ladder
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER
Tombstone with Ladder
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2819.htm


Visiting the "Tombstone"
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER
Visiting the “Tombstone”
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hb2802.htm


Visiting the "Tombstone"
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER
Visiting the “Tombstone”
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hb2803.htm


Climbing the Tombstone

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Climbing the Tombstone

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2816.htm


Ruins of the St. Francis Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Ruins of the St. Francis Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2817.htm


St. Francis Dam Tombstone

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
St. Francis Dam Tombstone

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2803.htm


Cowart Family of Burbank Visits
ST. FRANCIS DAM SITE, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Cowart Family of Burbank Visits
ST. FRANCIS DAM SITE, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hb2804.htm


Cowart Family of Burbank Visits
ST. FRANCIS DAM SITE, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Cowart Family of Burbank Visits
ST. FRANCIS DAM SITE, SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hb2804.htm


Picnic at Dam Disaster Site

ST. FRANCIS DAM
Picnic at Dam Disaster Site

ST. FRANCIS DAM

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2807.htm


Billboard for 1928 Dam Movie
Billboard for 1928 Dam Movie

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7029.htm


Western Abutment After the Break

ST. FRANCIS DAM
Western Abutment After the Break

ST. FRANCIS DAM

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hc2808.htm


Ruins of St. Francis Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON
Ruins of St. Francis Dam
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2944.htm


Real photo postcard: Ruins of dam, postmarked April 13, 1928.
Real photo postcard: Ruins of dam, postmarked April 13, 1928.

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3042.htm


Real photo postcard: Ruins of dam, postmarked April 13, 1928.
Real photo postcard: Ruins of dam, postmarked April 13, 1928.

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3042.htm


The Flood Path

St. Francis Floodpath, Ruiz Cemetery Area

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/gr0840.htm


Lower San Francisquito Canyon.
Aerial View (Composite), 1-1-1928 to 12-31-1928.

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3493.htm


Floodpath & Rubble

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2811.htm


List of Wrecked Employees’ Automobiles

EDISON CAMP AT KEMP

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/as2804.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/wf2804a.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/wf2804b.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/wf2804d.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith. 
Caption states “Harry Carey’s Ranch. Depth of water shown by stripping of leaves from lower branch. One limb is broken off. Mrs. Clingan and Mary standing below.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928a.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith.
Caption states “All that is left of an automobile at Harry Carey’s Ranch. Mary is holding hub showing where spokes were broken off.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928b.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith. 
Caption states “Mary standing beside water tap at Harry Carey’s Ranch. Notice depth of hole around roots of tree.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928c.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith. 
Caption states “Castaic Junction — Willow trees ironed down by water. Just beyond State Highway Bridge.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928d.htm


Aerial View of Flood Path (Composite)

CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ro2803i.htm


High Water Mark, Oberg Siding

CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ro2803c.htm


Southern Pacific Tracks Moved

CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ro2803d.htm


Upended Southern Pacific Train Track

CASTAIC JUNCTION

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2801.htm


SPRR Track Erosion
CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ro2803b.htm


Highway Pile Driver

SOUTHWEST OF CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ro2803f.htm


Auto Bridge Over the Santa Clarita River

CASTAIC JUNCTION

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al2301.htm


Contemporary photo postcard of the demolished bridge at Castaic Junction, shortly after the St. Francis Dam disaster.

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/wf2806.htm


Highway Bridge Destroyed by Floodwaters
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | CASTAIC JUNCTION

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al2020.htm


SPRR Pile Driver

CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ej2802.htm


Auto Bridge Over Santa Clara River

CASTAIC JUNCTION | ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ej2807.htm


Wreckage of Steel-Truss Bridge
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2997.htm


Controlled Burn of Flood Debris
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7038.htm


Flood victims crossing river, March, 1928. Caption reads “FLOOD VICTIMS CROSSING NEW RIVER CAUSED BY ST. FRANCIS DAM BREAK”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al2021.htm


Rescue Party, March, 1928. Caption reads “RESCUE PARTY WORKING IN WAKE OF CALIFORNIA’S GREATEST DAM DISASTER”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al2022.htm


Search Party, March, 1928. Caption reads “SEARCHING PARTY FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN WHAT WAS FORMERLY A BEAUTIFUL CITRUS WONDERLAND”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al2023.htm


St. Francis Dam Wreckage

San Francisquito Canyon

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2207.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith. 
Caption states “26 machines out of 35 that belonged to Edison men who were in construction camp near Piru. The other 9 machines have been claimed by the families.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928f.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7044.htm


Wrecked Cars at Kemp

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ej2803.htm


Wreckage at Kemp

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ej2804.htm


Wreckage at Kemp

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ej2806.htm


SoCal Edison Saugus Substation After the Flood
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7067.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith. 
Caption states “House washed away from foundation in Fillmore.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928g.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith.
Caption states “Wreckage at Fillmore.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928h.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith.
Caption states “House with sand piled high across the river from Fillmore toward Bardsdale.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928i.htm


Eleanore Smith of Valencia, California found these photos of the aftermath of the St. Francis Dam disaster in a photo album passed down to her by her aunt Genevieve Smith. 
Caption states “Wreckage on bank above machine shows depth of water.”

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/es1928j.htm


Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7050.htm


Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7050.htm


Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7050.htm


Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7050.htm


Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7050.htm


Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7050.htm


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


Structure Damage in Santa Paula

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/gif/galleries/lw2821/


image
Santa Paula Flood Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3667.htm

St. Francis Dam Disaster

SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3043a.htm


St. Francis Dam Disaster

SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/al3043b.htm


Santa Paula Flood Damage

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lp2803.htm


Santa Paula Flood Damage

ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lp2804.htm


Santa Paula Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3496.htm


Santa Paula Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3496.htm


Santa Paula Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3496.htm


Santa Paula Damage
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | EX-RUTH TEAGUE

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3496.htm


Wrecked Farmhouse

FILLMORE OR SANTA PAULA, CALIF.

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2812.htm


The Victims & Survivors

Hap-A-Lan Hall as Morgue for St. Francis Dam Victims

NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fr2801.htm


St. Francis Dam Victims

NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2715.htm


St. Francis Dam Victims

NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs9022.htm


Red Cross Soup Kitchen

NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lp2805a.htm


Red Cross Hospital

SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2479a.htm


Red Cross Hospital

SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2479b.htm


Red Cross Soup Line
SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2479c.htm


Red Cross Soup Line
SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lp2802.htm


Red Cross Medical Shelter

SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2479d.htm


Family at Red Cross Shelter
SANTA PAULA

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2479e.htm


Lyman and Lillian Curtis
ST. FRANCIS DAM VICTIMS

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/id2101.htm


Marjorie, Mazie & Danny Curtis
ST. FRANCIS DAM VICTIMS

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/id2801.htm


Marjorie, Mazie & Danny Curtis

ST. FRANCIS DAM VICTIMS

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/id2601.htm


Marjorie, Mazie, Danny Curtis & Neighbor
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/id2701.htm


Joseph Gottardi and Frances Abalos
ST. FRANCIS DAM SURVIVOR/VICTIM
Wedding portrait of Piru-area rancher Joseph Lewis Gottardi and Frances Abalos, January 13, 1912

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fc1101.htm


Joseph Gottardi
ST. FRANCIS DAM SURVIVOR
Post-disaster studio portrait of Joseph Lewis Gottardi, n.d. (circa 1930s-1940s). From the collection of his granddaughter, Frances Guadagno Clausen (daughter of Alvina Gottardi Guadagno)

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fc4001.htm


Alvina Gottardi (Guadagno)
ST. FRANCIS DAM SURVIVOR
Alvina on June 7, 1921. (Born December 5, 1912, in Piru.) Portrait: Southland Studios, Fillmore

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fc2101.htm


Alvina Gottardi (Guadagno)
ST. FRANCIS DAM SURVIVOR  
50th wedding anniversary of Alvina and Victor Guadagno, January 7, 1984

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fc2101.htm


Reno, Joe Jr., Richard Gottardi
ST. FRANCIS DAM VICTIMS
Reno (age 13), Joe Jr. (age 10) and Richard Gottardi (age 8), victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster of March 12-13, 1928. Their mother and their two younger sisters also perished

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fc2401.htm


Joe Gottardi Searches for Family Members
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/nl2819.htm


Friends Search for Joe Gottardi’s Family
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/nl2820.htm


Gottardi Family Graves
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER | PIRU CEMETERY

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw2244.htm


Rebuilding

PH-2 Reconstruction: Rigging Temporary Power

SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2808.htm


Rebuilding Powerhouse No. 2
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/dj2801.htm


PH-2 Reconstruction: Naked Generators & Penstocks
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

Power House 2 Reconstruction Camp
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs7066.htm


PH-2 Reconstruction: Construction Camp
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/di2810.htm


Telephone Company Crew

3 MILES WEST OF CASTAIC JUNCTION

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hs2811.htm


Temporary Repairs to Auto Bridge Over Santa Clara River
CASTAIC JUNCTION

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/ro2801a.htm


Map: Bridges Washed Away in 1928 Dam Disaster
CASTAIC & SAUGUS

Preparing to Blow Up the Tombstone
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/lw3279.htm


Powerhouse 2 Employee Housing at Stator Lane
SAN FRANCISQUITO CANYON

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/fr3001.htm