Coming Events


Date: March 9, 2019

Time: 11:00 to 4:00

Location: Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction within William S. Hart Park

Lecture & Bus Tour to Dam Site

The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will commemorate the 91st anniversary of the second worst disaster in California history with its annual St. Francis Dam Disaster Lecture and bus tour to the dam site in San Francisquito Canyon.





Speakers: Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, Dr. Alan Pollack


Please arrive at Heritage Junction at 10:30 AM to check in and secure your seat for the presentation


11:00-12:00 PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Alan Pollack and Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel at the Saugus Train Station freight room


12:00 Q&A session with Alan, Dianne, and dam expert Frank Rock


12:30-3:30 Bus Tour To the Dam Site with Alan, Dianne, and Frank. Visit Powerhouse 2 (exterior only), Dam Site Ruins
We will hike to the Tombstone ruins, the Western Wing Dyke, The Pyramid formation, Block 16


Please wear long pants, long sleeves and tennis shoes/hiking boots. Water and a snack will be provided. You are welcome to bring your bag lunch to eat on the bus. A hat and sunscreen are recommended. Bring hiking poles if you have them. You will have a choice of  hikes which may include walking in brush, on uneven surfaces, and up a steep hill.


Return to Heritage Junction by 4 pm
Heritage Junction address: 24101 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321


For Reservations, please contact: 661-254-1275

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Cost: $40.00 per person, pre-paid, ($45.00 at the door, per person). Price includes a snack and bottled water


Funds raised will benefit programs of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. Because this tour is a very popular fund-raiser, it is impossible to guarantee that seats will be available for purchase on the day of the tour. Order your tickets now!


Alan Pollack has been featured on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” and local television.

Dr. Alan Pollack at the Dam site.

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel has been featured on SCVTV’s “Points of Interest”.

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel at the LA Aqueduct intake in Owens Valley

Frank Rock has been featured on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and local television.

Frank Rock leading tour at Dam site.


Date: March 31, 2019

Time: 9am to 4pm

Location: Begin at Saugus Train Station, Heritage Junction Within William S. Hart Park

Flood Plain Tour-52 miles
Tour of affected properties in flood plain from Santa Clarita to Santa Paula

Sunday, March 31, 2019


Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, Executive Director, Community Hiking Club (Santa Clarita), Board of Directors, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

Dr. Alan Pollack, President Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

Docents at Rancho Camulos


Tennis shoes and comfortable/casual attire are recommended. Sunscreen and a hat are optional, but also recommended. You will be doing some minimal walking on this trip.

We highly recommend that you bring snacks/lunch on the bus.
There will be no designated stop for lunch on this tour.

Meet the bus at 9:00 AM at Heritage Junction: 24101 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321


Cost: $55.00 per person prepaid only
For Reservations, please contact: 661-254-1275 

Or use PayPal to pay online:

Choose Number of Tickets


Powerhouse 1/Powerhouse 1 Village

View of the Powerhouse and village, with a walk around the small park to view equipment used in the building of the aqueduct and the St. Francis Dam-photo opportunities


St. Francis Dam-

Short hike to the dam foundation overlook for photos.

Alan Pollack


Powerhouse 2 Village-

View from bus, Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel will tell you about the Lyman Curtis Family and the Ray Rising Family.


Powerhouse 2

Brief walk to the 2 plaques at Powerhouse 2 and the Forest Fire Station.

Alan Pollack 


Harry Carey Ranch site (Tesoro Del Valle)-

Walk around the grounds of Harry Carey’s ranch
Tour of Harry Carey property and House.
There are picnic tables here to eat your lunch if desired.


Edison substation-brief stop for photo-

Alan Pollack


Santa Paula Cemetery-

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel will talk to you about the St. Francis victims buried on this site, known and unknown


Rancho Camulos-

Mini Tour with Rancho Camulos docents.


Gottardi Ranch-

The loss of 5 members of the Gottardi family is one example of the many tragedies that occurred as a result of the breach of the St. Francis Dam. You will hear their stories.

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel 


Edison Kemp Camp/Blue Cut-

This is the site of the single largest loss of life in the floodplain.

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel