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Silent film star William S. Hart (L) & Presbyterian minister Wolcott Evans (R), both of Newhall, pin a hero's medal on Luis Rivera, son of saloon keeper Nick Rivera, following the St. Francis Dam disaster of March 12-13, 1928. The dam broke at three minutes before midnight on March 12th, sending a monumental 180-foot-high wall of water crashing down San Francisquito Canyon. It didn't stop until it reached the Pacific Ocean and left approximately 470 corpses in its wake.

Brand Boulevard at San Fernando Road, San Fernando, circa 1925. A street car from the Van Nuys line of the Pacific Electric Railway is prominent at center. West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

St. Francis Dam "Tombstone," after the dam failed

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An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

Olvera Street, Los Angeles, 1936. Okay, now I have goosebumps.... I've written about this place in my story, and just like that, I have a picture of it. #LoveItWhenThatHappens!!!!!

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ca. 1900 - Views of San Pedro - Tree-shaded residence of Phineas Banning in Wilmington. In front is a mule-drawn coach piled high with people. Courtesy: Los Angeles, Water and Power Associates, Inc. Whittier, CA (USA)