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Families fleeing before the incoming floods on the river bottoms near Bismarck, March 18th
Families fleeing before the incoming floods on the river bottoms near Bismarck, March 18th
TitleFamilies fleeing before the incoming floods on the river bottoms near Bismarck, March 18th
Date of Original1887
DescriptionSeveral men and women with children in arms walking through flood waters towards illustrator. In distance on dry land are farm buildings.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectWeather
Subject (LCTGM)Floods
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Burleigh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.EnF46.1b
Format of OriginalLithographs
Color images
Dimensions of Original19 x 23 cm.
Publisher of OriginalFrank Leslie's Publishing House
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"From photos. by D. F. Barry, Bismarck, D.T." - With title for page of: "Dakota. The Floods in the Upper Missouri, the Country South and West of Bismarck Totally Submerged."
"The Floods in Dakota. The overflow of the Upper Missouri and its tributaries in Central Dakota, which has obstructed traffic on the Northern Pacific Railroad for a fortnight, was so augmented last week by blizzards and fast-melting snows as to do serious damage to property at Bismarck and Mandan, and to endanger the lives of the inhabitants of the surrounding prairie. on March 18 the flood washed away a part of the high railroad trestle at Mandan, which is on the west side of the river, opposite Bismarck. An ice gorge was formed, and the river swelled to a width of over six miles, carrying bridge and telegraph poles, and cutting off all communication between the two towns. As the waters continued to rise, the spectacle was one of terrific grandeur. Ice-cakes a hundred feet square crashed against obstacles and were thrown into the air. The force of the current snapped like threads the cables holding the warehouses to the bank. During the two days following the water rose far above the previous high-water mark. a warehouse 600 feet long was struck by a field of ice moving at ten miles an hour, carried off bodily, and stranded some distance away. The Boston syndicate property at Bismarck, including a flouring mill and some fifty dwellings, elevator, shops and everything south of the track, were submerged. On March the 19th, rescuing parties in boats made an heroic journey in a blinding snow-storm to the flooded lowlands, where they saved the lives of six men and one woman who had taken refuge on the roofs of 'shacks' and in trees. All the country along the river bottoms of the Missouri's tributaries to the south and west of Bismarck was converted into a vast lake, covered with drifting ice-cakes. A family, consisting of father, mother and two children, were drowned in the flood at Painted Woods, and it is reported that two other families in the same locality have perished. When the Washburn's gorge broke, the river shot over its banks near Painted Woods like the bursting of a water-spout, and in less than thirty seconds from the time it could be seen approaching the flood was over ten feet deep on the farms, and property of the settlers.
On Tuesday of last week the Northern Pacific Railway Company transferred a number of delayed and weary passengers across the river in boats, and this was the first travel over the river since the beginning of the overflow.
The situation remains unchanged at the present writing, and at Mandan and other points there is still great danger. The snow is melting in the mountains, and the upper tributaries are rising with alarming rapidity. Above Bismarck there is a huge ice-gorge threatens to make a flood surpassing all expectations. There is a prospect for the Hart [Heart] River to break about the time the upper gorge breaks, and if it does, Mandan will be afloat. The flood is pronounced the most persistent and enduring in the history of the country. The officers of Fort Lincoln are of the opinion that people opposite the post on the low land south of the city perished in the flood. The reports from river districts daily add to the number of the lost.
On page 104 will be found pictures of the town of Mandan and the railroad bridge that was swept away at that place, together with views showing the imminent danger of the settlers along the neighboring river bottoms. These are from last photographs forwarded by a correspondent at Bismarck." - Article (p. 101-102) accompanying images.
Notes"Families flying before the incoming floods on the river bottoms near Bismarck, March 18th" - Caption title at bottom of page.
One of three images on page, others with titles: "View of the Northern Pacific Railroad bridge, Bismarck" and "The town of Mandan surrounded by water."
ContributorBarry, D. F. (David Francis), 1854-1934
Contributor RolePhotographer;
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.EnF46.1b)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00043
Original SourceFrank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, April 2, 1887. p. 104.
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