#919:  St. Francis Dam Disaster Site

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San Francisquito Power Plant No. 2, 32300 N San Francisquito Canyon Rd, 9.2 mi N of Saugus (Disaster site is about 1.5 miles north of the plaque location, on an abandoned road paralleling San Francisquito Canyon Rd.)

Plaque: 34.535027,-118.525449
Site: ~34.547075,-118.512742




State Plaque



From the Guidebook:

The 185-foot concrete St. Francis Dam, part of the Los Angeles aqueduct system, stood a mile and a half north of this spot. On March 12, 1928, just before midnight, it collapsed and sent over twelve billion gallons of water roaring down the valley of the Santa Clara River. Over 450 lives were lost in this, one of California's greatest disasters.

©2009 David Schmitt