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1908 Flood, near Union Depot
1908 Flood, near Union Depot
Title1908 Flood, near Union Depot
DescriptionPostcard view near Union Depot of 1908 Flood
Historical ArticleSeveral horse-and-wagon outfits and one rowboat make up the street traffic in this scene of the Kansas City flood, in June, 1908. The post card was included in a folder of pictures of the disaster, in which the lowlands in Armourdale, Argentine and the West Bottoms were innundated, and where, according to the folder, water reached a level of from two to ten feet.

Stranded pedestrians in front of the People's Ice Storage & Fuel Co., 1300 W. 8th, are waiting for the boat to rescue them.

Water stood in the buildings more than a week and pumps were kept busy in business-house basements. Many fences, stock pens and outbuildings were washed away. No lives were lost, but the property damage was heavy. In terms of total damage, both the 1903 and 1951 floods were more disastrous, however.

Convention Hall was used as a refuge for evacuated residents and tents were set up in many places in Argentine. Two thousand families in Armourdale moved their possessions to higher ground.

P. Connor, U.S. Weather observer, gave daily reports of river depth. The flood shared news space with the Republican convention, which was busy nominating William Howard Taft for U.S. President, in the Coliseum in Chicago.

Kansas City Times
June 29, 1971
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectUnion Depot
1908 Flood
West Bottoms
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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