Salt River Flood and the Hattie B.

Salt River Flood and the Hattie B.

In January 1980, heavy rains in central Arizona caused floods in Central Arizona. The Salt River washed out all but two motor vehicle bridges across the river. To help commuters get from Tempe and Mesa to Phoenix, an Amtrak train was designated to run as a shuttle between the three cities. Named the Hattie B. in honor of Governor Bruce Babbit’s wife, the train ran from February 25, 1980 to March 2, 1980.

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. When did the Salt River flood? What caused it to flood?
  2. Why was a commuter train service started? Why was the train called the Hattie B.?
  3. Who created the information about the Salt River Flood and the Hattie B. commuter train? Is this information complete?
  4. What long-term effects did this flood have on bridges and transportation in the Salt River Valley?