Tag Archives: Richard W. Crawford

New from American Chronicles: San Diego Yesterday

May 2, 2013


San Diego postcard.

San Diego’s transformation from frontier outpost to vital port was a checkered one. This spring, the History Press welcomes back author Rick Crawford for another round of San Diego history… San Diego today is a vibrant and bustling coastal city, but it wasn’t always so. The city’s transformation from a rough-hewn border town and frontier […]

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Interview with Richard W. Crawford, Author of The Way We Were in San Diego

October 19, 2011


AK: What was the strangest or quirkiest story you uncovered while researching your “The Way We Were” column for the San Diego Union-Tribune? RC: The story of celebrity evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s mysterious disappearance in May 1926 has a strange San Diego connection. McPherson reappeared a few weeks later and claimed she had been kidnapped. […]

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History Press Releases New San Diego Book

October 4, 2011


On October 18, 2011, The History Press releases its first American Chronicles book in San Diego: The Way We Were in San Diego by Richard W. Crawford. San Diego, known for its perfect weather, naval ties and landmarks like the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, has a history as incredible as its stunning shoreline. […]

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

August 3, 2011


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 […]

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