Report of the Commission Appointed by Governor C. C. Young to Investigate the Causes Leading to the Failure of the St. Francis Dam

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Octavo. 79pp. Original blue wrappers with vignette and black lettering on cover. Construction of the St. Francis Dam started in April 1924 and was completed in May 1926. Storage of water in the reservoir began March 1, 1926. At the beginning of 1928 water storage was increased gradually until March 5, when the reservoir was filled to capacity of 38,000 acre-feet and maintained at this level until the time of the failure at 11:58 p.m. on March 12, 1928. The collapse and resulting catastrophic flood is said to have killed up to 600 people and is considered one of the worst American civil engineering failures of the 20th century. A commission of engineers and geologist of expert knowledge and reputation was appointed to make the study. The instructions given to its members as well as the findings of the commission appear in this report, accompanied by 30 plates of b/w maps, diagrams, plans and striking photographs, one of them fold-out. It was determined that the responsibility of the failure of the dam partly lay with the Bureau of Water Works and Supply . Though William Mulholland was the General Manager and Chief Engineer of the bureau and involved in the construction and inspections taking place before the disaster he was cleared of any criminal charges and retired from his position in March 1929. Binding with name of E. L. Clark inked at top of front cover and his signature on title page as well as plate 15. Some discoloration at spine and fore-edge. Water stain in margins at center bottom visible from page 1 through 29, not affecting text. Binding in overall good, interior in good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Report of the Commission Appointed by ...
Publisher: California State Printing Office
Publication Date: 1928
Binding: Softcover
Book Condition: vg
Edition: First edition.

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Book Description ReInk Books, 2017. Softcover. Book Condition: NEW. Reprinted from edition. NO changes have been made to the original text. This is NOT a retyped or an ocr'd reprint. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. As this reprint is from very old book, there could be some missing or flawed pages, but we always try to make the book as complete as possible. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the book. If the original book was published in multiple volumes then this reprint is of only one volume, not the whole set. This paperback book is SEWN, where the book block is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding which results in a more durable type of paperback binding. It can also be open wide. The pages will not fall out and will be around for a lot longer than normal paperbacks. This print on demand book is printed on high quality acid-free paper. Bookseller Inventory # 151127270

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Book Description California State Printing Office, Sacramento, 1928. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Phootgraphs, Charts, Maps (illustrator). 1st Edition. 79 Pp. Original Blue Printed Covers. The Famous Report On The Great St. Francis Dam Failure. Near Fine, Hint Of Wear, Slight Fading To Front Cover, Slight Browning To Spine And Part Of Front Cover, No Names Or Marks. [When I See My Lawyer Or Accountant They Always Advise Me To Seek Impartial Professional Technical Advice Before Acting, But Government, That Great Political Animal, Doesn't Often Work That Way, We Just Leave It To The Lawyers To Decide Whether Or Not It Is Prima Facie Legal, And To The Politicians To Determine Whether It Will Be Done At All.]. Bookseller Inventory # 029763

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Book Description California State Printing Office, Sacramento, 1928. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Phootgraphs, Charts, Maps (illustrator). 1st Edition. 79 Pp. Original Blue Printed Covers. The Famous Report On The Great St. Francis Dam Failure. Near Fine, Hint Of Wear, Light Fading To Spine, Hint Of Fading At Other Edges, No Names Or Marks. Bookseller Inventory # 029384

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