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St. Francis Dam-Ruins of Collapsed Dam

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hard to find location

There isn't much leave from the dam collapse of 100 years ago. It's up San Francisquito Canyon... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Castaic, California
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Besides reading up on the dam before you go to this site, another good way to experience the ruins... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2016
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 11 October 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.

1  Thank wvillamil
Reviewed 16 May 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

8  Thank CacheOn
Reviewed 4 April 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

1  Thank Vin S
Reviewed 18 February 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.

1  Thank Kaisertod
Reviewed 26 October 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
Reviewed 14 October 2015

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

1  Thank ready2gonow
Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

Had a awesome time, want to go again soon. This would of been awesome for the city of Santa Clarita, if the dam was still in use. Things do happen for a reason, but why did it have to be so tragic? Life still goes...More

2  Thank Deena70
Reviewed 6 July 2015

This is a historical site in the area. It is near a power station, but is hard to hike to. Most of the recognizable structural parts are long gone. Best to see it when the SCV Historical Society takes a tour there in March I...More

1  Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 4 July 2015

This location used to be a very interesting place to visit and explore but those days have past. A storm washed out the main road and they put in a new road that bypasses the location. You can still find it but you have to...More

Thank TF146
Reviewed 23 January 2015

We hiked with the SCV Historical Society and had a terrific and very interesting time. Wear hiking boots, a hat, sunblock, and bring water. Watch for snakes. Worth the effort!

Thank vinojeff
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