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Glendale Historic Society



Art Cobery Discusses

The Great Crescenta Valley Flood

New Year's Day 1934

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

Central Library Auditorium

222 East Harvard Street


Join us when Art Cobery discusses his new book The Great Crescenta Valley Flood -- New Year's Day 1934 on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Glendale's Central Library. There is no cost to attend this presentation.


As Crescenta Valley residents gathered to ring in the 1934 New Year, a cloudburst broke over Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains, unleashing a deluge on mountainsides denuded by recent fires. A roaring wall of rocks, mud and water crashed down the canyons, uprooting trees, tossing boulders and automobiles like toys and carving a path of destruction.


Using painstaking research and heart-rending firsthand accounts, historian Art Cobery paints a picture of survival and redemption in the face of natural disaster, including the heroic efforts of eleven-year-old Marcie Warfield to save her father and younger brother, the devastating debris flow that claimed the lives of refugees and aid workers at the American Legion Hall and the selfless acts of neighbors caught in the storm of events.


Art Cobery taught United States history at Burbank High School for over three decades. He retired in 1989. Prior to becoming a founding member of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley, he devoted his energies to preserving the Crescenta Valley Ledger on microfilm. While engaged in this endeavor, he became fascinated by the paper's forgotten stories relating to the Crescenta Valley Flood of 1934.


Note: Visitors to the Central Library receive 3 hours free parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the loan desk. 


This event is sponsored by the Glendale Public Library, Arts & Culture Dept., The Glendale Historical Society, the
Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley, and the Friends of the Glendale Public Library.
The Glendale Historical Society
P.O. Box 4173
Glendale, California 91202


By Jamie Tian,  Sat May 24 2014, 18:16
Great Info! Thanks!

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