NOTE: I need to make a correction to last week’s post on California Water. I wrote that the episode first aired in 2007; however, it was the blog post on the Chapman University site that was written in 2007. The episode actually first aired in 1999.
It also seems that, for whatever reason, that video is currently unavailable on the Chapman University web site. I apologize for that; hopefully it will be up again before too long.
In 1937 an amazing 3 day event took place to celebrate the opening of a new road from Lone Pine to Death Valley. Starting with a gourd full of water taken from the highest lake in the U.S. on the side of Mt. Whitney, the gourd is taken to the lowest lake in the US – Bad Water in Death Valley. Using all modes of important California transportation (Indian runner, Pony Express, miner & burro, 20 mule team, stagecoach, train, car, and plane) with many famous participants, the water is finally poured in, thus consummating the wedding.
Join Huell and Luis 60 years later as they recreate this amazing event, with many descendants, a few people who were there the 1st time, tons of vintage photos and films on this incredible piece of California’s Gold.
This is another hour-long episode, also aired in 1999, which continues with the theme of water. It features the full array of transportation modes over the years, including mules, oxen, and a mint-condition 1937 Ford Lincoln-Zephyr.