Source: Valley Roadrunner

Rainmaker show debuts at museum

August 28, 2013

A new exhibition, Remembering the Rainmaker, opens Sept. 3 at the Valley Center History Museum.

The show, which features mementos and rare photos, recalls the life of folk legend Charles M. Hatfield, who claimed to have made it rain more than 500 times in parched towns around the world.

His rainmaking abilities nearly destroyed San Diego County in 1916 during a days-long torrential downpour and flood in Valley Center. An avalanche of water isolated the entire community for two months.

Hatfield's life was the subject of a play, movie, opera and novel, all of which are featured in the exhibit. Also on display are photos of Hatfield’s house and 20-feet tall weather station and tower on Valley Center Road. The home, which was near the intersection with Woods Valley Road, was razed earlier this year by a commercial developer.

Hatfield the rainmaker died in 1958 at age 82, taking his secret rainmaking formula to the grave.

The museum at 29200 Cole Grade Road is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit vchistory.org or call 760-749-2993.