The Rainmakers of 1891

The Rainmakers of 1891 (HM2MK)

Location: El Paso, TX 79902 El Paso County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 46.955', W 106° 28.785'

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Working on the theory that explosives could cause rainfall because many war battles had been followed by rain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted experiments in rainmaking. During a West Texas drought in 1891 the agency brought the experiment to Midland, with some success. Desperate for rain, El Paso city leaders convinced the Department to come here and try the same procedure. On September 18, some 370 charges of dynamite and other explosives were fired from the heights of Mt. Franklin, but no rain resulted. Only a heavy dew was reported.
HM NumberHM2MK
Series This marker is part of the Strange But True series
Marker Number5407
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 3:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 359893 N 3517290
Decimal Degrees31.78258333, -106.47975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 46.955', W 106° 28.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 46' 57.30" N, 106° 28' 47.10" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2311 Scenic Dr, El Paso TX 79902, US
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