Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
Omaha Morning Bee-News (newspaper),
Omaha, Nebraska.

Wednesday, March 14, 1928.

Omaha Morning Bee-News

Ranchers in Valley Knew of Peril, Woman Asserts

Giant California Dam Bursts; 75-Foot Water Wall Devastates Canyon

Property Damage Variously Estimated at From $10,000,000 to $30,000,000; More Than 700 Persons Are Reported As Missing; Postmistress, Motorists Tell of Grim Foreboding of Ranchers in Vicinity

Health Officers Fear Typhoid Fever Outbreak

As can be seen in this Omaha, Nebraska newspaper from March 14, 1928, the St. Francis Dam disaster was big news and made huge banner headlines all over the country when first reported in the press. Today this second largest disaster in California history is mostly forgotten in the rest of the country but well remembered in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Newspaper images: 9600 dpi jpeg of 300 dpi jpg of original newspaper from the collection of Alan Pollack
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