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St. Francis Dam Disaster

Lancaster Cemetery

 
 
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 26, 2019
1. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
Inscription.  In remembrance of those who lost their lives in the St. Francis Dam disaster March 12-13, 1928. This was one of California’s greatest disasters with over 400 lives lost; five of whom were laid to rest at Lancaster Cemetery.

Dedicated March 12, 2018.
 
Erected 2018.
 
Location. 34° 41.812′ N, 118° 7.81′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Lancaster Boulevard and Division Street. Touch for map. Located in the south-west corner of Lancaster Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 E Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-4 Phantom II (approx. 0.4 miles away); John B. "Jack" McKay (approx. half a mile away); Arthur K. "Kit" Murray (approx. half a mile away); Henry E. "Hank" Chouteau (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs, Jr. (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Jack L. Ridley
St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 26, 2019
2. St. Francis Dam Disaster Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Thomas C. McMurtry (approx. half a mile away); John A. Manke (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
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. 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.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
 
Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 26, 2019
3. Marker Detail
Photo on the marker shows the St. Francis Dam.
One of the nearby tribute markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 26, 2019
4. One of the nearby tribute markers
 
More. Search the internet for St. Francis Dam Disaster.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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