Friday, August 19, 2016

Channel Cat Tales: Flood of 1913

This photograph is a view of the Illinois side from the Vincennes Wagon Bridge looking west during the Flood of 1913.

The billboard on the side of the livery stable (?) for the Badollet Shoe Store, featuring an elephant, is interesting advertising.   The unhitched wagon makes for a well-framed picture, with the flooded Allison Prairie in the background.The Wagon Bridge was at Main Street in Vincennes.  The current Memorial Bridge was built in the early 1930s, a block downriver from the Main St Wagon Bridge.  The Illinois part of the Wagon Bridge was still a covered bridge in 1913, while the Indiana half had steel arches  but not roofed.  In 1913, the road through Westport was a straight-shot to Main Street over the Wagon Bridge; now the road curves to make the Memorial Bridge.

Don't forget to come to our Monthly Meeting Monday night!

 Lawrence County Historical Society Kicks Off Water/Ways 
with Program about Conservation Practices
When: August 22, 2016 7 pm
Where Lower Level Public Library 814 12th St Lawrenceville, IL

Gary Zwilling, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Victoria Goad, Lawrence County Farm Bureau and Trevor Irwin, Farm Service Agency-USDA  will be the featured speakers for the monthly Lawrence County Historical Society’s meeting Monday August 22, 2016 at 7:00pm.  They will be kicking off the scheduled programs in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit about water and the way it has influenced our lives. The speakers will discuss the history of soil and water conservation efforts in the county, and the benefits these efforts have provided for our waterways. Future conservation programs will also be discussed. Please Note: The program location will NOT be at the History Center. To provide more seating, it will be held in the Meeting Room, lower level of the Lawrence Public Library located at 814 12th Street Lawrenceville.