Extended Timeline: A Blow-by-Blow Account of the St. Francis Dam Disaster • Alan Pollack, 3-13-2014
Video: Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam • Narrated by Charles F. Outland, SCVHS 1994.
Video: Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam • Narrated by Frank Rock, SCVTV 2009.
Video: St. Francis Dam Disaster • The History Channel (segment).
Video: Exploring the St. Francis Dam Ruins • Oddity Odysseys 2017.
ROSTER of St. Francis Dam Victims • Ann Stansell, 2-22-2014
St. Francis: Death & Disability Claims & Claimants (NAMES) • 7-15-1929
Transcript of Coroner's Inquest, Vols. 1 & 2 (Complete) • March-April 1928
FILM: Fox News Footage: St. Francis Dam Victims, Red Cross Workers, Temp. Newhall Morgue • March 1928
FILM: Fox News Footage: Nighttime Recovery of Bodies • 3-17-1928
Memorialization and Memory of Southern California's St. Francis Dam Disaster of 1928 • Master's Thesis by Ann C. Stansell, CSUN 2014
J. David Rogers, Ph.D.
50th Anniversary 1978
- Program Book: 50th Anniversary St. Francis Dam Disaster Memorial Dinner, 3-12-1978.
- St. Francis Dam Survivors 50th Anniversary Reunion, Valencia, 3-12-1978 • Ventura County Star-Free Press, 3-13-1978.
- Program: Dedication of Calif. Historical Landmark 919: St. Francis Dam Disaster Site • SCV Historical Society, 5-21-1978.
Report to Arizona Gov. George W.P. Hunt on the St. Francis Dam Disaster • Rep. Guy L. Jones, 1928.
Report on St. Francis Dam Flood • Newhall Land & Farming Co., 3-24-1928
•Extensive report & photos of damage in the Santa Clarita Valley.
- Map of Newhall Land Property & Dam Site, 3-24-1928.
St. Francis Dam Disaster. Brunner's Newhall History 1940.
Memories of St. Francis Dam Disaster. Brunner's Newhall History 1940.
St. Francis Dam Disaster, by Charles C. Teague (Ventura County Committee) • Excerpt from "Fifty Years a Rancher," 1944.
The Day the Dam Burst by Wesley S. Griswold, Popular Science, March 1964.
The Night of the Flood: The Failure of the Saint Francis Dam by Paul H. Rippens, 1998.
The Rise and Fall of William Mulholland by Alan Pollack, 11-2007.
St. Francis Dam Disaster: Victims and Heroes by Alan Pollack, 03-2008.
St. Francis Dam: Too Big Not to Fail by Alan Pollack, 03-2010.
The Chief Doesn't Deserve Ridicule for St. Francis Commentary by Pony Horton, 4-26-1998.
Forgotten Casualties: CSUN Prof Hopes to Tell the Human Stories of St. Francis Dam Disaster CSUN 11-4-2013.
1928 Dam Failure: A Vital Lesson for Today Association of State Dam Safety Officials, 3-12-2018.
Driving Directions to the St. Francis Dam Site
- Enrique (Henry) and Rosaria Ruiz, St. Francis Dam Victims, Ruiz Ranch, n.d.
- Ruiz Cemetery Headstones & Census (20 Images).
- Graves of Ramon & Antonia Perea. Color photograph, 3-2002.
- William S. Hart at Ruiz Cemetery, March 1928.
- Chief Frances & Fred Cooke's Descendants Gather at Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, March 2001.
- Harry S. Chacanaca's Grave Marker, Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, 3-2002.
- Ruiz Cemetery Smolders in Fire (10 Images), 6-5-2002.
- Raw Video: Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, ~2004.
- Fred & Frances Cooke's Grave Marker, Ruiz-Perea Cemetery, 7-14-2013.
- August (Gus) LeBrun's Grave Marker in Ruiz Cemetery (1884-1924).
- Lady Linda Ties Yellow Ribbon; City Cuts Red Ribbon to Open Space (Mult. Views) • 10-10-2018.
Dam Disaster History by Peggy Kelly
Images from John Nichols Collection
- Photo Gallery: Tombstone and Wing Dyke, March 1928.
- Hero Deputy Sheriff Eddie Hearne.
- Hero Officers Lee Shepard, Stanley Baker, John Messer.
- Hero Officer Thornton Edwards.
- Hero Switchboard Operators Reicel Jones, Althea Marks.
Historic Headlines: Remembering the St. Francis Dam Disaster by Michele E. Buttelman • The Signal, 3-11-2001.
Story of a St. Francis Dam Survivor by Lauren Grokett • For The Signal Zone, 11-23-2001.
Santa Paula Event to Honor Heroes of Disaster Press Release, 2003.
City, Survivors to Mark Deadly '28 Dam Break by Suzie St. John • Los Angeles Times, 2-9-2003.
Avalanche of Water Left Death, Ruin in Its Wake by Cecilia Rasmussen • Los Angeles Times, 2-16-2003.
Hart-Earp Letters Discuss Dam Disaster by Truman Rex Fisher • Letter, Los Angeles Times, 2-15-2003.
Bill Hart and the Little Dam Victim by Leon Worden • The Signal, 5-17-2003.
Ivan Dorset Remembers the St. Francis Dam Disaster by Leon Worden • The Signal, 2-26-2003.
Survivors Remember St. Francis Dam Tragedy by Pearl Obispo • The Signal, 3-17-2003.
"Breaking of the St. Francis Dam" 78 RPM Record | by John Hutchens (J. McGhee), 3-25-1928.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Poem by Ron Pinkerton • 7-16-1979.
"St. Francis Dam Disaster" CD Cover | by Frank Black (Black Francis), 2001.
The St. Francis Dam Break • Lyrics by Dan DeVere & Jane Williams • 3-9-2003.
St. Francis Dam: One Family's Ordeal • by David Desmond • Gazette, July-August 2006.
LW2054 - William Mulholland, Civil Engineer & St. Francis Dam Builder
LW2206 - William Mulholland, Civil Engineer & St. Francis Dam Builder
FR2001 - Power House No. 2 Under Construction, ~1920.
LW2845 - Correspondence from Man at Brand-New Power House No. 2, 6-21-1920.
OV2401 - Newhall Land Letter to Mulholland Re: Water Rights, 8-22-1924.
AP2329 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction ~1924.
AL3034 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction ~1925.
FILM: St. Francis Dam Under Construction in "The Temptress" • MGM 1926.
LW2985 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction ~1925-1926.
AP2330 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926.
AP2331 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926.
LW2081 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926.
AL3024 - St. Francis Dam Under Construction, 1924-1926.
LW2986 - People Stand on Footbridge Over Forebay, 1926-1928.
LW2574 - Woman at St. Francis Dam With Water in Forebay, 1927.
LW2713 - St. Francis Dam With Water in Forebay, 1927.
LW2714 - Power House No. 2 and Clubhouse, 1927.
SR2701 - Baby Book of Richard Bruitt Smith, b. 3-14-1927; St. Francis Dam Entry.
AP2332 - St. Francis Dam With Water in Reservoir, May 1926-March 1928.
MF2601 - Walking Across Top of St. Francis Dam, 1926-1928.
JB2801 - Power House No. 1 Employee Time Book for 1928. 18 Pages.
LW3042 - St. Francis Dam Intact, George Watson Photo ~1926.
LW3184 - Sun Rays Penetrate Storm Clouds Over St. Francis Reservoir, 1927.
LA2801 - St. Francis Dam Intact ~1928.
HC2801 - Dam: Plugging Leak with Sloppy Cement, 2/1928.
HC2804 - Face of the St. Francis Dam, 2/1928.
HC2806 - St. Francis Reservoir, 2/1928.
HS2809 - St. Francis Dam Shortly Before Its Collapse.
AL2024 - St. Francis Dam Before the Break, circa March 1928.
HS2808 - (Formerly) Last Photo of the St. Francis Dam Intact, 3-9-1928.
DI2802 - Another Copy: St. Francis Dam Intact, 3-9-1928.
AS2801 - San Francisquito School, 3-9-1928.
GM1928 - (Even Later) Last Photo of the St. Francis Dam Intact, 3-11-1928.
LW2403 - Damkeeper Tony Harnischfeger & Family, n.d.
LW3321 - Initial Associated Press Wire Photo, Distributed 3-13-1928.
LW3703 - Photo: San Francisquito Creek Flows with St. Francis Floodwaters, 3-13-1928.
Coroner's Inquest in the News: Witnesses Report Leaks News reports, 1928.
- Coroner's Jury Inspects Dam Site, March 1928.
- William Mulholland, Coroner Frank Nance, Others, at Hall of Justice, 1928.
FILM: Pathe Newsreel Footage of Broken St. Francis Dam and Story of Pilot Who Died Getting It, 3-13-1928.
SP0000 - Dam & Power House Before & After Failure, 1926-1928, 20 Views.
AS2802 - Survey Map: Flood-damaged Properties, San Francisquito Canyon, 1928.
WS2801 - Cleanup at Power House No. 2, March 1928 (Oversized).
CG2801 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Photos shot March 13, 1928 (10 Views).
LW3538 - Photo Gallery: Disaster Site and Start of PH-2 Reconstruction; Robert Wenzel, 1928.
LW2642 - St. Francis Dam Disaster: Ruins, 17 Views, Ex-San Francisco PUC Archives, ~3-13-1928.
AP2333 - St. Francis Dam Failure, March 1928.
AL3029 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Inspecting Ruins of the Dam, March 1928.
AL3030 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Ruins of the Dam, March 1928.
LW2179 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Aerial View, March 1928.
AL3028 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Aerial View, March 1928.
DR2813 - St. Francis Dam: West Abutment & Wing Dyke, March? 1928.
HS2810 - St. Francis Dam: West Abutment.
WS2802 - Empty Reservoir, March 1928.
LW2741 - Empty Reservoir, March 1928.
DI2815 - Empty Reservoir, March 1928.
LW3083 - Ruins of St. Francis Dam & Empty Reservoir, George Watson Photo, March 1928.
GR0840 - St. Francis Dam Floodpath, 1928.
LW3493 - Lower San Francisquito Canyon, Aerial View, 1928.
DI2811 - Floodpath & Rubble Just Below the Dam, 1928.
LW2743 - St. Francis Dam Floodpath, about a mile below the dam.
AS2804 - List of Employees' Automobiles Wrecked in Edison Camp at Kemp, LADWP Archive.
WF2800 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, 6 Contemporary Photo Postcards Including Generators, 1928.
AL2020 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Castaic Bridge Wreckage, March 1928.
LW2997 - Wreckage of Steel-Truss Bridge.
AL2021 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Flood Victims Crossing River, March 1928.
AL2022 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Rescue Party, March 1928.
AL2023 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Search Party, March 1928.
LW2207 - St. Francis Dam Wreckage, March 1928.
HS7044 - Photo Gallery: Wreckage at Kemp Station/Blue Cut, L.A.-Ventura County Line, March 1928.
LW3791 - (Kemp) Edison Camp Survivor C.E. Kanawyer, 1928.
HS7067 - SoCal Edison Saugus Substation After the Flood, March 1928.
HS7050 - Photo Gallery: Bardsdale-Fillmore-Santa Paula Flood Damage, March 1928.
FILM: Fillmore After the Flood • March 1928
HS7050 - Photo Gallery: Fillmore-Bardsdale Flood Damage, March 1928.
LW2821 - Woman Sifts Through Wreckage at Santa Paula Home; Plus 10 Images, 1928.
LW3667 - St. Francis Flood Damage in Santa Paula, 3-16-1928.
AL3043a - St. Francis Flood Damage, Santa Paula, March 1928.
AL3043b - St. Francis Flood Damage, Santa Paula, March 1928.
LW3902 - St. Francis Dam Disaster: Flood Damage Near Santa Paula.
LP2803 - St. Francis Flood Damage, Santa Paula, Thomas Ward Photos, 2 Views, 4-8-1928.
LW3496 - Dam Site & Santa Paula Damage (8) | ex-Ruth Teague.
DI2812 - Wrecked Farmhouse in Santa Paula? 1928.
DI2801 - St. Francis Flood Damage: Upended SP Train Track, 1928.
HS7038 - Controlled Burn of Flood Debris, March 1928.
LADWP Archive: Castaic Junction
- Aerial View of Flood Path (x3).
- High Water Mark, Oberg Siding.
- Southern Pacific Tracks Moved.
- Southern Pacific Track Erosion.
- Highway Pile Driver in Use.
- Highway Pile Driver in Use.
- Highway Pile Driver in Use.
H.C. & E.C. Lamb Collection, 1928
- Man Observes Wreckage at Kemp.
- SPRR Pile Driver, Castaic Junction.
- Auto Bridge at Castaic Junction, 2 Views.
DI2804 - Concrete Dam Rubble, 2 Views.
AP0115 - St. Francis Dam Hero, 1928.
FR2801 - Hap-A-Lan Hall (Masons) in Newhall as Morgue for Dam Victims, Exterior, March 1928.
LW2715 - Dam Victims' Bodies Fill Newhall's Masonic (Hap-A-Lan) Hall, 2 Views, March 1928.
LW3084 - Wm. Mulholland Inspects St. Francis Dam Disaster Site, Watson Photo, 3-14-1928.
LW2055 - Wm. Mulholland & Harvey Van Norman Inspect St. Francis Dam Wreckage, 3-15-1928.
LW2479 - Red Cross Relief: Shelters, Soup Lines, Nurses, Hospital. 7 Views.
LW3901 - Santa Paula Refugees Take Turns at Chow Line.
FILM: Wreckage, Red Cross Relief Center, more • 3-14-1928
ID2101 - Lyman & Lillian Curtis, St. Francis Dam Victims, 1921.
ID2101 - Marjorie, Mazie & Danny Curtis, St. Francis Dam Victims, 1926-1928 (Multiple Views).
- Joseph Gottardi and Frances Abalos, Wedding, 1-13-1912.
- Survivor: Alvina Gottardi (Guadagno), Photo Gallery.
- Victims: Reno, Joe Jr., Richard Gottardi, Ages 13-10-8.
- Joe Gottardi Searches for Family Members, 3-18-1928.
- Friends Search for Joe Gottardi's Family, 3-18-1928.
- Graves of Gottardi Family, St. Francis Dam Victims (mother & five children), d. 3-13-1928.
- Survivor Joseph Gottardi, Post-Disaster, n.d.
LW2731 - Saugus Community Club Plaque for 7 Members who Perished in the St. Francis Dam Disaster, 1928.
HC2802 - Crowds Flock to the St. Francis Dam Tombstone, 2 Views, 1928 (Helena Carter collection).
DI2806 - Crowds Flock to the St. Francis Dam Tombstone, 1928 (Sharon Divis collection).
DI2819 - (2) Tourist Photos of the Tombstone with Ladder, 1928 (Sharon Divis collection).
HB2802 - Visiting the "Tombstone," March 1928.
HB2803 - Visiting the "Tombstone," Reservoir Side, ~1928.
DI2816 - Unidentified Person Climbs the St. Francis Dam Tombstone, 1928.
DR2817 - St. Francis Dam: Tombstone & Perimeter Road, 1928.
DI2803 - Tombstone, Inside Looking Out, 1928.
HB2804 - Cowart Family of Burbank Visits Dam Disaster Site, 2 Views, 1928.
HC2805 - Tombstone & Fallen Section, 1928.
HC2807 - Toppled Section of Dam, 1928.
DI2818 - St. Francis Dam Ruins: Block 5 (1928).
HC2808 - Western Abutment After the Break, 1928.
LW2944 - Ruins of St. Francis Dam (Wing Dyke & Tombstone), View Into Reservoir, 1928-29.
ES1928 - St. Francis Dam Disaster, Photos shot April 8, 1928 (11 Views).
AL3042 - St. Francis Dam Failure, Real Photo Postcard, Ruins of the Dam, April 13, 1928.
DI2807 - Picnic at Dam Disaster Site, ~1928-1929.
HS7029 - Billboard for 1928 Dam Movie.
HB2801 - Gold Badge Awarded to Officer Thornton Edwards, 1928.
- Film Clip: Thornton Edwards in "The Grapes of Wrath," 1941.
- St. Francis Dam Hero Thornton Edwards Co-Stars in 1946 Cisco Kid Picture, "Robin Hood of Monterey."
JB2804 - Louise Gipe, Switchboard Operator, Disaster Heroine, 1928.
Rebulding Power House No. 2
- Power House No. 2 Reconstruction: Rigging Temporary Power, 1928.
- Power House No. 2 Reconstruction: Job Site, 1928.
- Power House No. 2 Reconstruction: Naked Generators & Penstocks, 1928.
- Power House No. 2 Reconstruction: Construction Camp, Top View, 1928.
- Power House No. 2 Reconstruction: Construction Camp, 1928.
HS2811 - Telephone Company Crew, 3 Miles West of Castaic Junction, ~1928.
RO2801 - Temporary Reconstruction of Auto Bridge Over Santa Clara River at Castaic Junction, 1928.
RO2802 - Map of Flood-damaged Bridges in Santa Clarita Valley.
The Last Dam Victim / Dynamiting the Tombstone
- Preparing to Blow Up the Tombstone, 4-16-1929.
FR3001 - Power House No. 2 Employee Housing at Stator Lane, n.d. (1930s-1950s).
RJ1000 - Raggio Ranch, c. 1940s.
RJ1010 - Raggio Ranch, c. 1940s.
JB4001 - Artifact: Newhall Dairy Farms Milk Bottle, ca. 1940s, Found 10-15-2013.
RJ1010 - Joseph and Della Raggio with King Snake at Raggio Ranch, ~1940s.
RJ1000 - Preparing Vittles at Raggio Ranch in San Francisquito Canyon, ~1940s.
Nuclear Power Plant Planned for Saugus-San Francisquito • News Reports 1960.
AP2321 - The Gold Bowl, 1963.
AP2322 - The Gold Bowl, 1963.
- Phillips Ranch, 3-5-1964 (R.5).
- Phillips Ranch Restaurant, 3-5-1964 (R.6).
HS0101 - St. Francis Dam Site, January 2001.
LW2100a - St. Francis Dam: Wing Dyke Ruins (2 Views), 3-11-2001.
LW2100c - St. Francis Dam: Ruins at Base, 3-11-2001.
LW3198 - St. Francis Dam Site: National Register of Historic Places Nomination, Rev. 6-3-2004.
Photo Gallery - Ruins of Structure on Tucker Ranch, 10 Views, 5-5-2014.
HR5357: Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act • Introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon, 7-31-2014
HB1402 - St. Francis Dam Rubble, 11-14-2014.
Sellout Crowd Revisits 1928 Tragedy • Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, SCVHistory.com 3-12-2016.
Angeles National Forest Copper, Ranch, and Sayre Fires Restoration Strategy • 2016.
Graffiti Removal at St. Francis Dam Site • 2-28-2017.
Annual SCVHS St. Francis Dam Disaster Lecture (Video) • 3-11-2017.
Annual SCVHS St. Francis Dam Disaster Tour (Photos) • 3-11-2017.
Drone Video: St. Francis Dam Disaster Site • Danny Sullivan, 3-12-2017.
3 Minutes to Midnight at the Dam • Jim Harris, 3-13-2018.
90th Anniversary Events, March 2018
- Victims Memorialized at Lancaster Cemetery • March 12, 2018.
- Santa Paula Creates River of Light for Dam Victims • March 12, 2018.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Month Proclamations:
- Photo Gallery: Dam Victim Monument Dedicated at Piru Cemetery • March 18, 2018.
- State Assembly (Dante Acosta, Tom Lackey)
- County of Los Angeles: St. Francis Dam Disaster Proclamation (March 2018).
- City of Santa Clarita
Historical Society Trio Lauded for Work to Remember Dam Victims • 1-28-2019.