Latino Heritage Live Tour / Both Sides of the River

Award winning author, Tim Z. Hernandez, offers an engaging presentation based on his research of a popular American song written by Woody Guthrie, and the lives lost in the 1948 plane crash that inspired the song,

Both Sides of the River: Finding Woody Guthrie's Deportees

On Jan 28, 1948, as 28 Mexican citizens were being deported from Oakland, California, to the Mexico border, the government-chartered plane crashed and killed everyone aboard, including the crew and immigration officer.

At the time, popular media mentioned the names of the American crew but omitted the names of the Mexican passengers, who were eventually  buried in an unmarked grave in Fresno, California. Guthrie wrote his now famous song, Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos), to commemorate the Mexican passengers who died that day. The song has since been recorded by numerous artists, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen and many others.

Tim Z. Hernandez spent years locating and interviewing family members of the passengers and eyewitnesses. His lively and thought-provoking presentation sheds light on the totality of the incident, and puts names and faces to the human lives directly effected by the historical omission.

The program also includes guest musicians and Q & A with the author.

Both Sides of the River Tour Schedule:


Monday, Sept. 28 - 12:15 pm

Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus
Community Room C1480 & 1482

2121 Miller Drive



Tuesday, Sept. 29 - 12:00 noon

Aims Community College Cornerstone Building

5401 West 20th Street



Wednesday, Sept. 30 - 11:15 am

Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus Theater

5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs


Thursday, Oct. 1 - 2:30 pm

Arapahoe Community College ACC Library

5900 S. Santa Fe Drive