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Hatfield – The Rainmaker

 
 
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By Dean Whittle, November 6, 2011
1. Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker
Inscription. Charles M. Hatfield agreed with San Diego City Council members, after a four year draught, to “make it rain” sufficiently to fill Lake Morena Reservoir for $10,000. His “rain enhancing” tower and pans were erected south of this monument. Hatfield and brother Paul worked diligently burning chemicals into the sky. Suddenly it began to rain, dumping 35 inches in one month on San Diego County. Two rainstorms in January 1916 caused great devastation, destroying Sweetwater Spillway, bursting Otay Dam, wiping out Otay Valley and Mission Valley, isolating San Diego and killing 14 people. Hatfield hurriedly left town and was never paid by the city for his services. Charles and Paul went on to “enhance moisture” around the world.
 
Erected 1999 by County of San Diego and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 41.122′ N, 116° 31.551′ W. Marker is in Campo, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Morena Reservoir Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the the intersection with the road that leads to the boat ramp. Marker is in this post office area: Campo CA 91906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, November 6, 2011
2. Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker
At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckman Springs (approx. 5.6 miles away); Campo Stone Store (approx. 6.1 miles away); Descanso Town Hall (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Hatfield – The Rainmaker. In his article written for The Journal of San Diego History, Winter 1970 San Diego Historical Society Newsletter, Thomas W. Patterson writes of the events of the rain that brought 35 inches of rain to Southern California in 1916. (Submitted on November 25, 2011.) 

2. Hatfield – The Rainmaker Photos. The Journal of San Diego History offers vintage photos. (Submitted on November 25, 2011.) 

3. The Flooding of 1916. In shorter form, this article was originally published as “1916: The year a rainmaker says he ended city's drought,” by Rick Crawford, in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 10, 2008. (Submitted on November 25, 2011.) 
 
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Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, November 6, 2011
3. Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker
Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, November 6, 2011
4. Hatfield – The Rainmaker Marker
Lake Morena image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 18, 2012
5. Lake Morena
The dam is visible in the background.
The Dam in the Evening image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 18, 2012
6. The Dam in the Evening
Lake Morena image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 18, 2012
7. Lake Morena
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2011, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. This page has been viewed 817 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2011, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   5, 6, 7. submitted on February 26, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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