Torrential rain and forest fire in Sierra Madre. Man walks on muddy field. Bulldozer in operation on mud. Men use shovels to dig up mud outside a house. Man tries to pull out his car stuck in mud. Men remove mud outside their houses. Man tries to open a garage to pull his car out.
Physical fitness program at the La Sierra High School in Carmichael, California. Students walk on the porch of the La Sierra High School. The trainer blows whistle in the field. The students run and climb bars on the jungle gym. They climb the wall. They do physical exercises on the field. They slide over a smooth floor.
Picturesque views of the 1919 U.S. Army motor transport convoy making its way through the beautiful forests of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Tall evergreen trees and dramatic mountain views frame many pictures of the convoy. The convoy stopped at Kybury, California, for dinner.
World War II scenes of German Stuka dive bombers in operation. U.S. B-25 bomber in flight, and views of firestorms from Allied incendiary bombing of Axis targets. Scenes of the "Operation Firestop" project in 1954-55, in California. U.S. Forest Service and other agencies cooperate in a one-year project headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California. Aerial views of Camp Pendleton area, in Southern California. A modified Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in flight discharges water from its torpedo bays. Men installing fabric water container into the bomb bay of the TBM. The aircraft seen in low level pass, dropping water contents onto field. Cropduster pilot Floyd Nolta, seen flying his Stearman biplane over California landscape, and then taxiing in to park, after landing. On the ground, we see how he modified his airplane to release water from a hopper in its bottom. On August 13, Vance Nolta flies the Stearman on multiple sorties, dropping water on a fire in the Mendecino Forest. Nolta filling his water tank from a hose at Willow Airport, and dropping water from the air, above the fire. View at Willow Airport, of 7 Stearman and N3N airplanes modified for aerial firefighting. Views of these aircraft dropping chemically treated water from the air. TBM aircraft equipped with 400 gallon tanks drop water from the air. PBY flying boat seen in flight. A B-26 bomber passing low and dropping chemically treated water. A Navy Mars flying boat passing overhead as it drops water from a 7000 gallon tank.
View of waterfalls, mountains and serene lakes in California. Song in background about western United States before railroads existed there. Still photos and sketches railroad pioneer Theodore Dehone Judah, and of Chinese workers and other laborers as they work to build the railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains beginning in 1865. Pictures of early railroad building, westward expansion, and men building a railroad bridge. Train moving between mountain valleys. Still photo from May 10, 1869 of workers from the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads celebrating at Promontory, Utah, when their two railroad lines were joined together to realize the goal of the Transcontinental Railroad.
View from just beside and below a mountain road in Sierra Nevada mountains, as trucks of the 1919 U.S. Army motor transport convoy make their way from Nevada into California. View from ahead, and below of the trucks. The narrow mountain road is lined with rock boulders and the mountain rises almost vertically beside it. A Holt tractor pulling a truck by a chain, along a stretch of the road. Trucks proceeding successfully on their own on other parts of the road. Several picturesque views by the camera operator.