Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
St. Francis Dam Disaster
Dedicated March 12, 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 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 Sites • Disasters •
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 32 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.