The Day the St. Francis Dam broke

There are 7 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Mar 5, 2008, titled The Day the St. Francis Dam broke. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

It was 11:57 p.m. March 12, 1928, when the rumbling started. The St. Francis Dam in San Francisquito Canyon, about 10 miles east of present-day Interstate 5 near Saugus, had given way, unleashing a ...

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Laury Wayne Butch Frazer

Eugene, OR

#1 Mar 6, 2008
My Grandfather lost a brother,sisterinlaw and a nephew in the disaster. I'd lke to know where they are buried.I know my Grandfather lived near Harry Carey Sr

Since: Jan 08

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Mar 6, 2008
Hi Laury, Many of the people who died in St. Francis Dam disaster were buried in the Bardsdale cemetery in Fillmore. Whole families that perished in the disaster are buried there.
Is your grandfather still living?
OC Observer

Hawthorne, CA

#3 Mar 9, 2008
I've seen what's left of the St. Francis Dam and it's very difficult to comprehend how horrible it must have been to die like that. It's even difficult to visualize a wall of water close to 200 feet tall coming at you.

Yes....it was human error in judgement by an over-confident and arrogant William Mulholland at the height of his career. Nobody, well almost nobody dared oppose him or his judgement. In the end, he swallowed his pride and live in obscurity until he died, never recovering tremendous guilt he carried.

This highlights the dangers of allowing one person great powers of unbridled decision making. We all advance ourselves all the way to a point of incompetence and then we fall on our swords. Have we learned anything??
OC Observer

Hawthorne, CA

#5 Mar 9, 2008
The Hawk wrote:
"Nobody, well almost nobody dared oppose him or his judgement." Sounds like our holy County Supervisors. Two billion [dollars] disappeared, and no one questioned this "disappearance"!
We are kept busy with our gangs, and with our faked elections. But we secured $117 million, to clean-up Lake Reggie, in the Kaiser's front yard.
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The only thing County Supervisors are good at are naming parks, memorial highways, and public buildings after themselves. How come they don't name public restrooms after themselves in their honor??
OC Observer

Hawthorne, CA

#6 Mar 9, 2008
The Hawk wrote:
"Nobody, well almost nobody dared oppose him or his judgement." Sounds like our holy County Supervisors. Two billion [dollars] disappeared, and no one questioned this "disappearance"!
We are kept busy with our gangs, and with our faked elections. But we secured $117 million, to clean-up Lake Reggie, in the Kaiser's front yard.
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Despite William Mulholland's blunder, L.A. still named the famous Mulholland Drive after him in his "honor". Well.......ok. I see where that was at.
OC Observer

Hawthorne, CA

#7 Mar 9, 2008
The Hawk wrote:
"Nobody, well almost nobody dared oppose him or his judgement." Sounds like our holy County Supervisors. Two billion [dollars] disappeared, and no one questioned this "disappearance"!
We are kept busy with our gangs, and with our faked elections. But we secured $117 million, to clean-up Lake Reggie, in the Kaiser's front yard.
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Ya know?? Here in Southern California, we don't have that many fresh water reservoirs even though geographically, we are a desert area. We do recharge our aquifers but it doesn't supply everything we need.

Let me tell you how smart we are. We don't create more reservoirs to conserve and store our rainwaiter from the local mountains but yet we build an aqueduct hundreds of miles long to drain Owens Valley so it's now an alkali laden dry lake and the bone of contention in California's Water Wars. Here in Southern California we've built great cement lined flood control channels so we can route all this fresh water from our local mountains and throw it all back into the ocean at L.A. Harbor!! This way, we can buy more water from The Colorado River!!! Once again, we've demonstrated that we all advance ourselves to a point of incompetence and we fall on our own swords. It shows itself greatly in public leadership. On a personal level, regardless who you are, great leadership is marked by realizing the limits of one's own capabilities and not exceeding them voluntarily. Have we learned anything??
Damfreak

AOL

#11 Mar 15, 2008
If you want to read some real scoop on the St. Francis Dam Disaster check out stories by Peggy Kelly in the Santa Paula Times, www.santapaulatimes.com
She tells it like it is and has for years…Kelly was the first to question the number of dead to the construction of the dam and the burying of the disaster.
Great stuff and she's doing more.

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