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Near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

St. Francis Dam

 
 
St. Francis Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 8, 2019
1. St. Francis Dam Marker
Inscription.  The St. Francis Dam, part of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, stood 1½ miles north of this site. On March 12, 1928, the 185-foot high concrete dam collapsed just before midnight, sending 12⅓ billion gallons of water roaring down the Santa Clara River valley 54 miles to the ocean. This was one of California's greatest disasters, over 450 lives were lost.
 
Erected by Angeles National Forest.
 
Location. 34° 32.021′ N, 118° 31.549′ W. Marker is near Santa Clarita, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from San Francisquito Canyon Road 9 miles north of Copper Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. By the parking lot of the Angeles National Forest fire station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32300 San Francisquito Canyon Road, Santa Clarita CA 91390, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Francis Dam Disaster Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named St. Francis Dam Disaster Site (was approx. 1.1 miles away
St. Francis Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 8, 2019
2. St. Francis Dam Marker
With a piece of the dam above the marker, and more information in the display case behind it.
but has been reported missing. ); Tesoro Adobe (approx. 4 miles away); Power Plant No. 1 (approx. 5 miles away); The Ridge Route (approx. 7.6 miles away); Rancho San Francisco (approx. 7.9 miles away); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 8 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clarita.
 
Regarding St. Francis Dam. Recent research has found the number of lives lost was 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 2014 study of the human loss. (Submitted on September 11, 2019.) 
 
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Display Case image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 8, 2019
3. Display Case
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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