Tag Archives: San Diego Yesterday

San Diego Yesterday Author Event

June 12, 2013


San Diego Postcard. Courtesy Special Collections, San Diego Public Library.

Bring your San Diego history questions and join author and archivist Rick Crawford Sunday June 16 at the Santa Ysabel Store & Backcountry Visitor Center for a special author talk.   The Way We Were in San Diego and San Diego Yesterday by Richard W. Crawford are available from the History Press and San Diego […]

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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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“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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