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Desperate times call for desperate measures
This case contains examples of measures Texans took during extreme droughts.
The rainmaker referenced in the 1891 letter, General Robert St. George Dyrenforth, was bankrolled by the federal government for experiments with explosives and balloons in Midland, El Paso, the King Ranch in South Texas, and Camp Farwell near San Antonio.
To alleviate the possibility of fraud, the Texas Weather Modification Act of 1967 requires individuals or companies claiming to carry out cloud seeding or other rain enhancement attempts to obtain a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation permit.
Rainmaker image, Harper’s Weekly, July 4, 1891. Prints and Photographs Collection.
This page offers only a sampling of what you will find in this exhibit. To learn more and to view the historical documents and photographs please visit our lobby in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Library and Archives Building located just east of the Texas State Capitol at 1201 Brazos Street in Austin. The lobby is open from Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.