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St. Francis Dam Tour returns after three-year hiatus


After a three-year hiatus, the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will commemorat­e the 95th anniversar­y of the second-worst disaster in California history by bringing back its St. Francis Dam lecture and bus tour/hike at the dam site in San Francisqui­to Canyon on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $50 and may be purchased on Eventbrite at

The tour will begin at 11 a.m. with a short presentati­on on the history of the dam presented by Alan Pollack and Dianne ErskineHel­lrigel from the St. Francis Dam National Memorial Foundation. The presentati­on will take place in Room 258 of the University Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Participan­ts should arrive at the college at 10:30 a.m. to park and check in.

After the presentati­on, two buses with speakers familiar with the disaster’s history will take participan­ts into San Francisqui­to Canyon, narrating at important points of interest to the disaster, including Frank Rock, Ann Stansell, Pollack and Erskine-hellrigel.

As the event includes a short hike through natural areas, long pants, long sleeves and tennis shoes/hiking boots are recommende­d, as are a hat and sunscreen. Water and a snack will be provided. The hike will include the tombstone ruins, the pyramid formation, and other remaining blocks of the dam. Masks are recommende­d, but not required, for all indoor and transporta­tion portions of the tour.

Funds raised will benefit programs of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at the Santa Clarita History Center. This tour sells out every year, so advance purchase at the link provided is strongly recommende­d.

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