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.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
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. Located at a eastbound rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Post TX 79356, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Twin Chimneys (here, next to this marker); J. M. Boren Home (approx. 2.6 miles away); C. W. Post Home (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mason Memorial Building (approx. 2.7 miles away); Old Post Sanitarium (approx. 2.7 miles away); Garza County Courthouse (approx. 2.8 miles away); Garza County (approx. 2.8 miles away); Charles W. Post (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.