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St. Francis Dam

    Tuesday, Wednesday Mark 85th Anniversary Of St. Francis Dam Failure

    March 12 and 13 mark the 85th anniversary of one of the worst manmade disasters in California history, second only to the San Francisco earthquake.

    Engineer William Mulholland’s St. Francis Dam in San Francisquito Canyon failed on Monday, March 12, 1928 at 11:57 p.m. A 140-foot wall of water poured into the canyon, killing an estimated 500 people and causing damage that at the time was valued at $13 million.

    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.