California Historic Landmarks

St. Francis Dam Disaster Site

Site Information

Approximate Location of the Dam Site
(Looking Upstream)
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Landmark Number: 919
Location: 32300 N San Francisquito Canyon Rd, 9.2 mi N of Saugus, Los Angeles County
Marker Plaque: Official State Plaque

Description

On March 12, 1928, just before midnight, the 185-foot concrete St. Francis Dam collapsed and sent over twelve billion gallons of water roaring down the valley of the Santa Clara River. Over 450 lives were lost.

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Official marker plaque.
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The marker plaque is located at the power station which is downstream of the former dam site.

 

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