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St. Francis Dam tour Sunday

Posted: March 9, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: March 9, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The failure of the St. Francis Dam, on March 12, 1928, killed more than 450 people.

On Sunday, March 11, the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will host a tour of the site of the St. Francis Dam disaster in San Francisquito Canyon. The dam break is the second-worst natural disaster in the state of California: The failure of the St. Francis Dam, on March 12, 1928, killed more than 450 people, leveled farms and homesteads, destroyed property and livestock, and changed the way dam safety was addressed forever.

"Dam Man" Frank Rock will give a short free lecture at the Saugus Train Station, providing an overview of the dam disaster, followed by a ticketed event, a three-hour motor coach tour of the dam site.

The lecture will start at 11 a.m. The bus tour will leave Heritage Junction Historic park at noon and return at approximately 3 p.m. The tour includes snacks and motor coach transportation. Rock will provide a historical narrative of the disaster during the bus tour. The lecture is free. Admission for the bus tour is $35 per person. Tickets may be reserved by calling (661) 254-1275 with credit card and contact information. Because this tour is a very popular fundraiser, it is impossible to guarantee that seats will be available for purchase on the day of the tour.

The Saugus Train Station is at Heritage Junction Historic Park, 24101 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321. Visit for more information. (Don't forget Daylight Saving Time starts March 11.)


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