Details for C. W. Post Rain Battles (Atlas Number 5169000602)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5169000602

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Marker Number 602
Atlas Number 5169000602
Marker Title C. W. Post Rain Battles
Index Entry Rain Battles, C.W. Post
Address US 84
City Post
County Garza
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 274195
UTM Northing 3677542
Subject Codes ranches/ranching; scientific topics; land surveys, land companies, promotional towns; Art Moderne (Architectural style); military topics; weather topics
Marker Year 1967
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location US 84, W side, picnic area 3.3 mi. NW of Post
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text 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. (1967)