Near Post in Garza County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
C. W. Post Rain Battles
Site of 1911-1914 dynamiting to produce rain, carried on by C. W. Post, Texas farm colonizer and cereal foods millionaire.
After reading that rain often accompanies cannonading in war, Post planned "battles" to relieve droughts. He thought vertical air currents would condense vapor in atmosphere and cause rain. He first used dynamite airborne by kites, but soon replaced this dangerous method by setting off explosions on edge of Caprock.
Post's experiments were said to have been 40% effective, and cost $50,000. He battled drought on farms until his death, 1914.
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 602.)
Location. 33° 12.816′ N, 101° 25.33′ W. Marker is near Post, Texas, in Garza County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 84 0.8 miles east of County Road 165. Click for map. Located at a eastbound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Post TX 79356, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Twin Chimneys (here, next to this marker); C. W. Post Home (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mason Memorial Building (approx. 2.7 miles away); Old Post Sanitarium Garza County Courthouse (approx. 2.8 miles away); Garza County (approx. 2.8 miles away); Charles W. Post (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mrs. Merriweather Post (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Post.
Also see . . .
1. Texas State Historical Association article on C.W. Post. (Submitted on September 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on C.W. Post. (Submitted on September 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.