Outstanding job by Paul Handverger


What a great article by Paul Handverger on the Big Snowstorm of "67. As I understand it, heavy snow from this storm also collapsed the roof of the beloved roller-skating rink at Indian Gardens in Oak Creek Canyon. It was never rebuilt. Only the back wall remains, next to the market.

Up at Grand Canyon, massive runoff created gargantuan floods off the North Rim into the various side canyons. This was when Phantom Creek took out the legendary CCC swimming pool at Phantom Ranch. The pool was never rebuilt.

On Crystal Creek, this storm dislodged such titanic boulders that even the power of the mighty Colorado River to this day has yet to remove them.

As a result, this storm turned Crystal Rapids almost overnight from a modest rapid into one of the most dangerous and terrifying stretches of whitewater in the world.

In December of 1967 I lived in Culver City, Calif. As a sophomore in high school, I remember walking home one day and being absolutely drenched by powerful rains like I'd never seen before. It's quite possible this was the same storm, creating torrential downpours near sea level, that would wallop the Verde Valley with snow a day or two later.

Steve Block



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