The St. Francis Dam Disaster 



The St. Francis Dam Disaster was the second worst disaster in California history, 2nd only to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.  Estimates are up to 600 people were killed, when at just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the dam catastrophically failed, resulting in a 50 foot  high wall of water plunging down the San Francisquito Creek, to the Santa Clara River and out to the Pacific Ocean, taking everyone and everything in its path with it.  The pictures below are courtesy of the SCV Historical Society.  Below are links to more stories of this tragic event.

This is the map showing the location of the St. Francis Dam along side San Francisquito Canyon Road. Just below the map is the course the raging water took on its way out to the ocean in Ventura County.

The map is interactive so feel free to move it around.  Top left side button brings out the “legend” and the top right side makes it full screen.



The Path of Disaster

This map, also courtesy of the SCV Historical Society, shows the path that the raging torrent of water took as it spread it’s path of destruction.


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