Floodpath The Deadliest Man Made Disaster Of 20th Century America And The Making Of Modern Los Angeles

Author: Jon Wilkman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
ISBN: 1620409151
Size: 34.51 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 3149
Download Read Online

Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten.

With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second-largest city, and who was also responsible for the design and construction of the St. Francis Dam.

Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective story, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind L.A. noir fictions such as the classic film Chinatown. In an era of climate change, increasing demand on water resources, and a neglected American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam has never been more relevant.


Floodpath

Author: Jon Wilkman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 162040916X
Size: 70.52 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
View: 217
Download Read Online
Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective story, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind L.A. noir fictions such as the classic film Chinatown.

Floodpath

Author: Jon Wilkman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
ISBN: 9781620409176
Size: 31.25 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 6235
Download Read Online
"Floodpath attempts to rescue the disaster from obscurity .

Floodpath

Author: Jon Wilkman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620409151
Size: 31.18 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
View: 5044
Download Read Online
Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history, technological detective story, and life-and-death drama, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown.With Americans' penchant ...

St Francis Dam Disaster

Author: John Nichols
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 143963033X
Size: 39.54 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
View: 4186
Download Read Online
Minutes before midnight on the evening of March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed.

Rivers In The Desert

Author: Margaret Leslie Davis
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497613779
Size: 32.81 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
View: 5695
Download Read Online
Rivers in the Desert is the quintessential American story.

Heavy Ground

Author: Norris Hundley
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520287665
Size: 63.15 MB
Format: PDF
View: 7360
Download Read Online
This extensively illustrated volume gives an account of how the St. Francis Dam came to be built, the reasons for its collapse, the terror and heartbreak brought by the flood, the efforts to restore the Santa Clara Valley, the political ...

Water To The Angels

Author: Les Standiford
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062251449
Size: 37.52 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 6915
Download Read Online
The author of Last Train to Paradise tells the story of the largest public water project ever created—William Mulholland’s Los Angeles aqueduct—a story of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one determined man who's vision shaped ...

The King And Queen Of Malibu The True Story Of The Battle For Paradise

Author: David K. Randall
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393292932
Size: 68.32 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
View: 4973
Download Read Online
Frederick and May Rindge, the unlikely couple whose love story propelled Malibu’s transformation from an untamed ranch in the middle of nowhere to a paradise seeded with movie stars, are at the heart of this story of American grit and ...