The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900: A Book Talk with Elizabeth Clare
The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900 recreates the era of Gay Nineties Austin, then—as now—a city on the rise and on the make. In 1891, at the behest of ambitious city fathers, the little city of just 15,000 people gambled its future on a project of breathtaking size—a massive hydroelectric dam across the Colorado River. This book follows the epic construction project and the brief golden era of the pleasure resort at Lake McDonald. Though troubled and controversial from the get-go, the dam embodied all of Austin's dreams. Then, on Friday, April 6, 1900, it began to rain . . .
Author Elizabeth H. Clare is a lifelong Austinite. A freelance writer, she has authored numerous works on Texas history, including organizational histories of pioneering Texas businesses, state parks, the Texas prison system, and the Texas Highway Department. Under the pen name Frances Hunter, she is the coauthor of two award-winning historical novels about Lewis and Clark. The rare photographs displayed in this book are from the archives of the Austin History Center as well as the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas State Library and Archives, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.