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St. Francis Dam-Ruins of Collapsed Dam

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Crazy more People don’t know this damn disaster. It is rather hard to spot along the roadside but... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2017
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Ruins are hard to find from the road now that the one big piece of the dam that once was still there is gone

On many a Boy Scout camping trip during the drive up San Francisquito canyon Road you could see a... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2017
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

The Title above....Immortalized the Words that William Mulholland said when the first sluice gate opened and (remember this) water came rushing down the paved aqueduct by where the Northbound 5 & 14 Fwys dissect . "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles...More

2  Thank Steve S
Reviewed January 7, 2018

Devastation, flooding, death, and debris. Hubris, pride, and ego led to the construction of a large dam without investigating the stability of the canyon wall. Debris and remnants of the dam remain in the canyon as testament to the dam collapse. More of a foot...More

1  Thank Cavydad
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Crazy more People don’t know this damn disaster. It is rather hard to spot along the roadside but it’s well worth the effort a bit of a hike and you will appreciate once was a giant damn and reservoir

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Reviewed August 5, 2017

On many a Boy Scout camping trip during the drive up San Francisquito canyon Road you could see a large center section of the dam still standing. But as of about 20 years ago when I drove up there I couldn't find it. It took...More

Thank Roy H
Reviewed August 4, 2017

There is not much left to see of the dam, but if you research the history or travel with the historical society which offers tours once a year on the anniversary, this is an amazing place. How many chances will you have to visit a...More

1  Thank Sojournarita
Reviewed October 11, 2016

There isn't much leave from the dam collapse of 100 years ago. It's up San Francisquito Canyon. You can barely make out the rubble and need to hike up from the side of the road about a quarter mile to the location.

2  Thank wvillamil
Reviewed May 15, 2016

Besides reading up on the dam before you go to this site, another good way to experience the ruins (the second largest disaster in California history) is to hook up with the Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club for a tour of the St. Francis Dam...More

10  Thank CacheOn
Reviewed April 3, 2016

In reading the other reviews about the St. Frances Dam ruins I must agree that there is not much to look at to the layman eye. Living in the area for 25 years I have walked all over the old dam area and I am...More

2  Thank Vin S
Reviewed February 18, 2016

Make this drive for the history alone... the ruins aren't plainly visible from the road, so you need to do some looking around.

2  Thank Kaisertod
Reviewed October 26, 2015

there is not much to see, but the story behind it is tragic. We pay little attention to the dry riverbeds around town, but they were once a scene of destruction.

2  Thank Leslie H
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