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St. Francis Dam-Ruins of Collapsed Dam

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Ruins are hard to find from the road now that the one big piece of the dam that once was still there is gone

On many a Boy Scout camping trip during the drive up San Francisquito canyon Road you could see a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Roy H
So Much History here along with a lot of memories

There is not much left to see of the dam, but if you research the history or travel with the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Roy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Sojournarita
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 15 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 3 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

2  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
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