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Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society To Commemorate St. Francis Dam Disaster

The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will host a tour of the St. Francis Dam site on Saturday, March 16, just 4 days after the 85th anniversary of the second-worst natural disaster to in California history.


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The failure of the St. Francis Dam on March 12, 1928 killed more than 450 people, leveled farms and homesteads, destroyed property and livestock and changed the way dam safety has been addressed since.

The tour will begin at 11 a.m. with a short presentation about the disaster in the freight room of the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction. At noon, ticketed passengers will board a motorcoach for a trip to the dam site in San Francisquito Canyon and a hike to the dam ruins. St. Francis Dam expert Frank Rock, who has been featured on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and local television, will conduct the lecture and tour.

Tickets are $35 per person for all ages and include snacks and bus transportation. Funds raised will benefit programs of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. Participants should wear long pants and comfortable hiking shoes. Water will be provided.

Tickets may be reserved by calling (661) 254-1275 with credit card and contact information or by mailing your ticket order to P.O. Box 221925, Newhall, CA91322. Mail orders must be received no later than March 12. Because this tour is a very popular fund-raiser, it is impossible to guarantee that seats will be available for purchase on the day of the tour.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society click here.


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