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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
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
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
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.
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
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
The dam is not marked at all. Most of the directions on the web are from the years ago days when the previous San Francisquto Canyon road was the path between Santa Clarita and Green Valley. That got flooded out a decade ago. I saw...More