Near Fillmore in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
St. Francis Dam Disaster
Three minutes before midnight on the night of March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed sending over twelve billion gallons of water and debris the length of the Santa Clara River Valley from San Francisquito Canyon through Piru, Fillmore, and Bardsdale to the Pacific Ocean fifty-four miles away.
In six hours more than 450 people were swept away, drowned in the dark and murky debris-filled water. Though some of the souls are buried here, many were never found. It was the worst man-made disaster of the 20th century.
On this 90th anniversary of the disaster, we remember you.
March 17, 2018, from the Communities of Piru, Bardsdale, and the City of Fillmore.
Erected 2018 by Fillmore Historical Museum.
Location. 34° 21.644′ N, 118° 56.496′ W. Marker is near Fillmore, California, in Ventura County. Marker can be reached from South Sespe Street south of South Mountain Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Bardsdale Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1698 South Sespe Street, Fillmore CA 93015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fillmore's First Bank & Masonic Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); 317 Central Avenue Fillmore State Bank (approx. 3.1 miles away); 320 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 328 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 338 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 340 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 348 Central Avenue (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fillmore.
Regarding St. Francis Dam Disaster. Although many reports say the number of dead was over 450, recent research has found the number is close to 430.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — St. Francis Dam Disaster Sites.
Also see . . . Thesis by Ann Stansell. A detailed study of the human loss, 2014. (Submitted on September 25, 2018.)
Categories. • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.