Santa Paula in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
St. Francis Dam Disaster
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. Near the back of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 380 Cemetery Road, Santa Paula CA 93060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 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); Faulkner House (approx. 2½ miles away); Tanner Homestead Santa Clara Schoolhouse (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Paula.
Regarding St. Francis Dam Disaster. 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on December 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.