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Split Mountain Gorge

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Split Mountain Gorge is sliced through by Fish Creek Wash. Nearly a century ago, Fish Creek made its way through the wash, punctuated by pools of desert pupfish. A tropical storm created by Charles Hatfield the rainmaker in 1914 sent tons of debris through the gorge, filling the pools and making the pupfish a memory. Hatfield had been hired by San Diego to fill its reservoirs by creating a rainstorm. Hatfield more than delivered: the storm caused a catastrophic flood that devastated much of San Diego.