“The rain of 1916 was an act of Hatfield, not an act of God.”—Charles M. Hatfield

August 3, 2011

California, New Titles, News

In 1916, after a long drought, the city of San Diego hired rainmaker Charles M. Hatfield as a desperate measure to bring water to a thirsty region. Hatfield never received payment for the disastrous flooding that followed.


The story of Hatfield and the 1916 flood is but one of the intriguing incidents from San Diego history captured in Richard W. Crawford’s forthcoming collection The Way We Were in San Diego (History Press, Fall 2011).

 For more about San Diego history, check out Rick’s weekly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune or visit his blog San Diego Yesterday.

The Way We Were in San Diego by Richard W. Crawford is available from The History Press and San Diego bookstores.

Related Posts: Interview with Richard W. Crawford, The Way We Were in San Diego is Reviewed by the North County Times

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