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Man-made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam: Its Place in Southern California's Water System, Its Failure, and the Tragedy in the Santa Clara River ... 13, 1928 (Western Lands and Waters Series) By Charles F. Outland,

  • Title: Man-made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam: Its Place in Southern California's Water System, Its Failure, and the Tragedy in the Santa Clara River ... 13, 1928 (Western Lands and Waters Series)
  • Author: Charles F. Outland
  • ISBN: 9780870621215
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On March 12, 1928, a huge dam nestled in the foothills north of Los Angeles collapsed and spread death and devastation from Newhall to the Pacific Ocean near Ventura Some 450 lives were lost, making this disaster equivalent in its human tragedy to the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 But the earthquake was an act of God, while the dam s collapse resulted from the aOn March 12, 1928, a huge dam nestled in the foothills north of Los Angeles collapsed and spread death and devastation from Newhall to the Pacific Ocean near Ventura Some 450 lives were lost, making this disaster equivalent in its human tragedy to the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 But the earthquake was an act of God, while the dam s collapse resulted from the actions of men.From its canyon above Castaic Junction the wall of deadly water was unleashed on the Santa Clara Valley and its ranches, citrus groves, towns of Fill, Santa Paula, and the valley south of Ventura Homes, schools, bridges, highways, power lines, a railroad all were ravaged under a blanket of seething water and debris.This classic account of one of California s great tragedies is once again made available to the public after being out of print for over twenty years It is a fascinating narrative, recounting the arrival of William Mulholland in 1877, the search for supplies of water for thirsty southern California, and the subsequent Owens Valley water troubles The dam break and flood are vividly portrayed, with many eyewitness accounts Post mortems of the disaster are offered, including the unique legal history of relief and restitution by the City of Los Angeles on nearly 3,000 claims none of which were ever filed through the courts Geology of the damsite, construction of the dam, mistrust of the structure by persons of the area, valley people s resentment of the mass destruction, relief work and restoration, investigations of the failure all are presented in interesting, factual, and unbiased narration.
    Man made Disaster The Story of St Francis Dam Its Place in Southern California s Water System Its Failure and the Tragedy in the Santa Clara River Western Lands and Waters Series On March a huge dam nestled in the foothills north of Los Angeles collapsed and spread death and devastation from Newhall to the Pacific Ocean near Ventura Some lives were lost making t

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    1. The wealth of detail and investigatory explanation available in a book is always to be preferred to any abridged or shorter work For example The source of reports that water department officials in Los Angeles knew the dam was unsafe is explored in much detail The rumors were based solely on the testimony of Dave Mathews, a dam worker who had insisted under oath at the trial to investigate the disaster that Tony Harnischfager, the damkeeper, awful lot of dams in this paragraph, I hope I don t g [...]

    2. Detailed, local history of the San Francisquito St Francis Dam disaster of 1928 The author personally witness the flooding from a school in Santa Paula as mentioned in the book I ve run into a handful of individuals over the past few months in Camarillo whose family members usually grandparents, but would be three generations back witnessed the disaster, as well Quotes and records from people who worked at the dam and the revised edition mentions that Mulholland s Los Angeles Department of Water [...]

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