ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER: 90TH ANNIVERSARY
EVENTS IN FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
Opening Ceremony and Dedication of Commemorative Plaque
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Fillmore City Hall, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015
Our day’s events commemorating the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam disaster begin with the unveiling and dedication of a brownstone boulder embedded with a plaque to honor the dead and remember the survivors. Local officials will participate, and Fillmore Unified School District essay winners will be announced.
Presentation by Jon Wilkman
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Fillmore City Council Chambers, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015
Jon Wilkman, author of “Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles”, will give an informative and interesting account of the collapse of the St. Francis Dam and its aftermath. He will be available to sign copies of his book, which will be for sale.
Fillmore Historical Museum Display
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Fillmore Historical Museum 350 Main St. Fillmore, CA 93015
Fillmore Historical Museum will have artifacts, videos, and visual displays of the St. Francis Dam and its victims and survivors.
Lunch & Shopping Opportunities
Central Avenue restaurants will be available for lunch and include: American, Mexican and Japanese cuisine. Local businesses including unique shops and antique stores will be open for shopping.
Bus Tour to St. Francis Dam site
Time 12:30 p.m. (to Santa Clarita) to 5:30 p.m. (return to Fillmore)
Location: Location will be given when reservations are made
Expert guides will review the history of the Dam, and its victims and survivors, on the way to and from the Dam site. See the pathway the flood took, and hear about the communities and individuals it affected. Cost of the tour is $30 per person, and seating is limited. To reserve a seat contact the Fillmore Historical Museum at (805) 524-0948. Water will be provided on the bus.