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Near Fillmore 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, September 23, 2018
1. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
Inscription.
Three minutes before midnight on the night of March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed sending over twelve billion gallons of water and debris the length of the Santa Clara River Valley from San Francisquito Canyon through Piru, Fillmore, and Bardsdale to the Pacific Ocean fifty-four miles away.

In six hours more than 450 people were swept away, drowned in the dark and murky debris-filled water. Though some of the souls are buried here, many were never found. It was the worst man-made disaster of the 20th century.

On this 90th anniversary of the disaster, we remember you.
March 17, 2018, from the Communities of Piru, Bardsdale, and the City of Fillmore.
 
Erected 2018 by Fillmore Historical Museum.
 
Location. 34° 21.644′ N, 118° 56.496′ W. Marker is near Fillmore, California, in Ventura County. Marker can be reached from South Sespe Street south of South Mountain Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Bardsdale Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1698 South Sespe Street, Fillmore CA 93015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fillmore's First Bank & Masonic Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); 317 Central Avenue
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 23, 2018
2. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Fillmore State Bank (approx. 3.1 miles away); 320 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 328 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 338 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 340 Central Avenue (approx. 3.1 miles away); 348 Central Avenue (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fillmore.
 
Regarding St. Francis Dam Disaster. Although many reports say the number of dead was over 450, recent research has found the number is close to 430.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — St. Francis Dam Disaster Sites.
 
Also see . . .  Thesis by Ann Stansell. A detailed study of the human loss, 2014. (Submitted on September 25, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 23, 2018
3. Photo on Marker
This is the center section of the dam, still standing soon after the rest of the dam collapsed.
Nearby Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 23, 2018
4. Nearby Tombstone
Describes the horror of the flood which took the lives of Mrs. Carrillo and seven of her children. Three of them were never found.

Recuerdo de tu esposo i de tu hija el cual se despidio de ti con gritos de dolor i de amargura por avernos encontrado conmigo en esa hora amarga de la muerte 13, de Mar. 1928 en donde espero en Dios que El se alla dolido de esos mis queridos seres en esta tumva descansan sus restos mortales
Maria de Jesus S. Carrillo de 33 de I. F. Carrillo Matilde d. 11 Zenoma d. 7 Adolfo d. 6 Anacleto d. 3 No encontrados Jose d. 13 Isavel d. 2 Marcela d. 2 ms
Road Signs near Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 23, 2018
5. Road Signs near Cemetery
Marker Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 17, 2018
6. Marker Dedication Ceremony
At Fillmore City Hall on March 17, 2018. The marker sits on a stand to the right of the podium.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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