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Flash flooding in Arizona causes a near disaster for a U.S. Army wagon train.

Flash flood inundates a U.S. Army wagon train trapped in Cañon Water, Arizona Territory, March 10, 1867, artist's impression, detail.
03/10/1867

A large U.S. Army supply train and a contigent of regular troops making the journey across the desert to La Paz in the Arizona Territory were camped in a canyon when a massive rainfall caused serious flash flooding.  Waves, reported by the unit commander as fifteen feet in height, swept away tents and wagons in minutes and the command was fortunate not lose any lives or the more vital of their supplies. The wagon train was eventually able to continue its journey. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Deluge at Canon Water," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine, June 29, 1867, p. 233.

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