California Disasters
True Stories of Golden State Tragedies and Triumphs

by Phyllis Perry

edited by Will Harmon

published by Farcountry Press

  • It is often said that California has four seasons: drought, flood, fire, and earthquakes. Certainly, the Golden State has experienced an abundance of these disasters in its history. The twenty-four chapters in this illustrated book highlights some of the major events that have occurred in the state.

    Some of these disasters occurred long ago, while others document recent events. Some are well-known, such as the snow-trapped Donner Party of 1846 and the unforgettable fire and earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Others are less familiar, such as the wreck of the paddle ship Brother Jonathan in 1865 or the fire at the Argonaut Mine in 1922. Included are disasters involving ships, planes, trains, and cars while others deal with tsunamis, dust storms, floods, and the collapses of bridges and dams. Some, like the shark attacks along the California coast, happen year after year and affect only a few. Other recurring disasters, like summer wildfires, claim dozens of lives and hundreds of structures, destroy wildlife, devastate miles of land, and even wipe out whole towns. The spectacular eruption of Lassen Peak has occurred only once.

    Although disasters usually bring loss, they sometimes bring us hard-won knowledge that may prevent future similar tragedies. Out of each disaster, acts of heroism, bravery, and compassion occur as individuals and groups attempt to aid victims in need.

238 pages, 6 x 9 , Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 1560377757
ISBN 13: 9781560377757


    - Illustrated with black & white archival photos.

    - Featuring true stories researched and written about the most dramatic and diverse disasters from the Golden State!

    - Includes natural and man-made disasters dating from 1771 to 2020.





California Disasters
True Stories of Golden State Tragedies and Triumphs

Phyllis Perry align= Phyllis Perry, grew up in Grass Valley, a small gold-mining town in northern California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in History. She taught in an elementary school of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and earned her master's degree in Education from San Francisco State University. During this time, she was close enough to feel the tremors of two of California's earthquakes.

Phyllis and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado where her husband joined the faculty and earned her doctorate in Education at the University of Colorado. Phyllis worked for twenty years in the Boulder Valley Schools as a teacher, building principal, and director of talented & gifted education. Phyllis took early retirement from the school district to write full-time. She is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults (95 in total) and is a member of the Colorado Authors' League and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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