Santa Paula in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Saint Francis Dam Disaster Memorial
Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on March 13 an urgent message of imminent disaster reached the night telephone operator in Santa Paula and was relayed to police officers, city officials and then homes in the lower portions of town. Among the many heroes of the flood that evening were two motorcycle officers who rode through the night to warn the sleeping citizens in the low lying areas of Santa Paula that a torrent of water was about to inundate their homes. Their heroic efforts saved countless lives. Their wild ride that night was stopped at 3:05 a.m. when the wall of water swept through Santa Paula on its way to the ocean.
Many stories of heroism and courage emerged in the
Erected 2003 by City of Santa Paula.
Location. 34° 21.355′ N, 119° 3.639′ W. Marker is in Santa Paula, California, in Ventura County. Marker is at the intersection of East 10th Street (County Route 150) and East Santa Barbara Street, on the right when traveling north on East 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Paula CA 93060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Familia Diaz Cafe (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Ebell Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Portolá Expedition (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Francis Dam Disaster (approx. 1.1 miles away); Tanner Homestead (approx. 1½ miles away); Faulkner House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Santa Clara Schoolhouse (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Paula.
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 newspaper articles, photos and information relating to the St. Francis (Submitted on April 18, 2012.)
1. Man Made Disaster by Charles F. Outland
This book is widely regarded as the most authoritative historical account of the St. Francis Dam disaster from the mechanism of the failure through the aftermath of the flood.
— Submitted June 11, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,231 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. 4, 5. submitted on March 13, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.