The ill-fated St. Francis Dam located a mere fifty miles north of Los Angeles collapsed just before midnight on March 12, 1928, unleashing miles of liquid horror and drowning more than 450 people before reaching the ocean. Author-historian Paul Rippens will relive this disaster in a power point program at the general meeting of the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, 6:00 p.m. on December 2 at the Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Encanto Park, Duarte. Admission is free.
William Mulholland earned a stellar reputation bringing water to Southern California through the aqueduct he engineered. He was commonly referred to as “the chief.” Why did “kill Mulholland” signs sprout up? How did he die one of the most hated men in California’s history? Rippens’ presentation will bring to light the history and impact of this, the second deadliest disaster in the state of California.
Rippens was born and raised in Southern California and worked for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department for 37 years. He has authored three books on California History, including The Saint Francis Dam and Images of America: San Dimas. He is the archivist for the San Dimas Historical Society.
The meeting will include a few minutes of business before the program and will conclude with a holiday social and pot luck dessert table. For more information, call (626) 358-0329. Space is limited.