Woman stands in midst of the St. Francis Dam devastation, 1928 | Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

Woman stands in midst of the St. Francis Dam devastation, 1928 | Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism | Lost Landmarks | Land of Sunshine | KCET

The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism | Lost Landmarks | Land of Sunshine | KCET

Remains of St. Francis Dam after its failure. Recent investigations into the disaster have revealed that the dam was built on an ancient landslide, which would have been undetectable to engineers of the 1920s. The middle section of the dam was blasted away in 1929 after a teenage boy climbing the attraction fell to his death. All that is left now is a scattering of concrete blocks and an occasional twist of metal.

Remains of St. Francis Dam after its failure. Recent investigations into the disaster have revealed that the dam was built on an ancient landslide, which would have been undetectable to engineers of the 1920s. The middle section of the dam was blasted away in 1929 after a teenage boy climbing the attraction fell to his death. All that is left now is a scattering of concrete blocks and an occasional twist of metal.

St. Francis Dam before collapse

St. Francis Dam before collapse

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