Piru in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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. Marker is in the Piru Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3580 Center Street, Piru CA 93040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Governor Juan Alvarado (approx. 2.8 miles away); Southern Pacific Depot (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Artists’ Barn (approx. 6.2 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). 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 . . .
1. 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.)
2. The Story of the St. Francis Dam. 6¾ minute video story published by the City of Santa Clarita in 2018. (Submitted on March 9, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on December 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 6. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.