Flood Washes Out Mt. Hopkins Access Road

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Summary

The worst flood in Southern Arizona in a quarter of a century washed away homes, livestock, and bridges including the bridge at Amado on the access road to the Smithsonian's Mt. Hopkins Observatory. Several Smithsonian astronomers were trapped on the east side of the Santa Cruz River for two days by the rapidly flowing waters. Later, a makeshift boatswain chair, fashioned from ropes, pulleys, and an old auto tire, was strung between the banks to rescue the stranded.

Subject

  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
  • Mt. Hopkins Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Torch, 12/1977, p. 7

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

October, 1977

Topic

  • Astrophysics
  • Disasters
  • Astronomy
  • Floods--Arizona

Place

Arizona

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