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Piru in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

St. Francis Dam Disaster

90th Anniversary

 
 
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 18, 2018
1. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
Inscription. This memorial is dedicated to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster.

Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the dam collapsed and sent billions of gallons of water down the San Francisquito Canyon, eventually meeting the Santa Clara River on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

Many local families who worked and lived near the river on the ranches of Newhall & Camulos, along with residents from Piru & Buckhorn, were swept away. Some survived, most perished, and some were never found. Left forever, entombed in the mud of the river.

May they all be at peace. God bless.

 
Erected 2018 by Piru Cemetery Board.
 
Location. 34° 24.911′ N, 118° 48.268′ W. Marker is in Piru, California, in Ventura County. Marker is on Center Street half a mile west of Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the Piru Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3580 Center St., Piru CA 93040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portolá Expedition (approx. ¾ mile away); Rancho Camulos (approx. 2.8 miles away); Governor Juan Alvarado
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 18, 2018
2. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
19 of the flood victims are buried here at Piru Cemetery. Some had survived the flood by swimming to safety, but died a few days later because of exposure to contaminated water.
(approx. 2.8 miles away); 364 Central Avenue (approx. 6.3 miles away); 362 Central Avenue (approx. 6.3 miles away); 320 Central Avenue (approx. 6.3 miles away); 340 Central Avenue (approx. 6.3 miles away); 338 Central Avenue (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piru.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — St. Francis Dam Disaster sites.
 
Also see . . .  Santa Clarita Valley History. An extensive collection of articles, photos, videos, and information relating to the St. Francis Dam Disaster. (Submitted on March 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. William Mulholland, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, aqueduct,
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
 
Commemoration Day, March 18, 2018 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 18, 2018
3. Commemoration Day, March 18, 2018
Marker builder Richard G. Morales. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 18, 2018
4. Marker builder Richard G. Morales.
He used river rock from the nearby Santa Clara River flood zone.
Piru Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 18, 2018
5. Piru Cemetery.
Victims’ graves have crosses and flowers added on this day for the unveiling of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Last updated on September 27, 2018. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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