St. Francis Dam Site

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William Mulholland oversaw what would be his last major project be completed in 1926. His career ended 3 years later when the dam collapsed and kill somewhere between 200 and 500 people. A cemetery located somewhere nearby wound up being the burial site for many of the victims; some of them even appear on photograph. Local residents have also reported ghostly activity, one woman claiming that an unseen force was moving a cast iron horse trough around. Sounds of crying have also been heard.

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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34.5463486, -118.5142525
Los Angeles County, California
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  1. Linda Ainsworth  |  

    I was at this site 3/12/17, and took videos and pics (I hope I can download them), but I do think this place is definately haunted. I had a very eerie feeling entering the area. Where you park your car off the road, and walk in, you’re actually on the “water” side of the former reservoir. You walk past the actual dam wall. The road you walk in on is part of the actual road that lead up to the damkeepers’ house. You can see where the dam abutment was. If you go on the website:, you can actually read the story and see the old pics. It was absolutely fascinating to me. They actually have a tour that goes there once a year. Unfortunately, I am not able to upload any of my pics.

  2. Debra sutherland  |  

    My Mothers Ex-Husband Is Buried In The Cemetery To Have Some Family Members Of The Traggic Dam Break Its Located On Private Property On A HILLSIDE With Weeping Willow Trees Surounding It You Have To Ask Permission To Go There From The Owners And Have A Relative Burried There As You Enter San Fransisquito Canyon Road About Three Miles North You Can See The Trees Up On The Left Side On The Hill It Was Also Known As The Chinese Graveyard They Have Said Many Chinease Immorgants That Had Been Working On The Train Tunnel That’s At The 14 And 5 Interchange Had Lost Their Lives Are Burried There………

  3. Went there for my birthday and heard the footsteps of what was probably 2-4 people walking toward me. Nobody else was there. Went back there another time with a group when my EMF detector went off and someone saw a movement through the trees.

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