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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is March 12, 1928.
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 The Piru Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Portolá Expedition (approx. ¾ mile away); Rancho Camulos (approx. 2.8 miles away); Governor Juan Alvarado (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Del Valle Family Home (approx. 2.8 miles away); Camulos, Ventura Co. California (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fillmore Fish Hatchery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Rancho Sespe Bunkhouse #2 (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piru.
Regarding St. Francis Dam Disaster. 430 lives were lost in the flood. It was the worst man-made disaster of the 20th century.
On March 12, 2019, the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Monument was established.
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 498 times since then and 120 times this year. Last updated on March 13, 2020, 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. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.