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

St. Francis Dam Disaster

 
 
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 25, 2018
1. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
Inscription. To honor victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, March 12, 1928. This monument of native stone was placed in respectful memory of the nameless souls whose unmarked graves rest in this hallowed ground.
 
Erected 2004 by Santa Paula Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 21.255′ N, 119° 4.79′ W. Marker is in Santa Paula, California, in Ventura County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road north of West Santa Paula Street. Touch for map. Near the back of the cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 380 Cemetery Rd., Santa Paula CA 93060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ebell Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); Saint Francis Dam Disaster Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California (approx. 1.1 miles away); Familia Diaz Cafe (was approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Portolá Expedition (approx. 1.7 miles away); Santa Clara Schoolhouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named St. Francis Dam Disaster (approx. 7.9 miles away); 317 Central Avenue (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Paula.
 
Regarding St. Francis Dam Disaster.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 25, 2018
2. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
The St. Francis Dam was constructed from 1924 to 1926, with a 12.5-billion-gallon capacity. At 11:57 pm on March 12, 1928, the dam failed, sending a 180-foot-high wall of water down San Francisquito Canyon to the Santa Clara River, reaching the Pacific Ocean near Ventura 5½ hours later. Over 400 people were killed. It was the second-worst disaster in California history, after the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, in terms of lives lost, and America's worst civil engineering failure of the 20th Century.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — St. Francis Dam Disaster sites.
 
Also see . . .  2014 CSUN Thesis, by Ann Stansell. (Submitted on April 1, 2018.)
 
Additional keywords. William Mulholland, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, aqueduct, Santa Clarita, Castaic, Piru, Fillmore, Bardsdale, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Ventura
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
 
St. Francis Dam Disaster Victims image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 25, 2018
3. St. Francis Dam Disaster Victims
On the 90th anniversary of the flood, victims’ gravesites are indicated with temporary crosses. Many graves are not marked because the victims were not identified. A total of 57 flood victims are buried in this cemetery. There were only 16 deaths in Santa Paula. The others were from upstream.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Last updated on September 27, 2018. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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