|Dundy County Nebraska Genealogy Trails|
Republican River Flood - 1935
I was in Denver working the spring that the Republican River Valley flooded. My folks were still living on the Cherry Creek farm and that creek also flooded. There was so much rain west of us that it flooded all the creeks that ran into the river. My mother said the water came up to the steps on their front porch and she was ready to take Lloyd and Floy and climb the bank in back of the house.
The bridges all along the river were washed out and someone rigged up a foot bridge so people who lived west of St. Francis could get into town for supplies.
The flood forever changed the river. When I visited the Powell Place in later years, the river was in the “wrong” place. The roads were flooded, so they were also different.
I knew the Barnhart family who lost their mother in that flood. The Faylor family also lost their parents and family members.
-- Alice (Crabtree) Gregory
The Republican River Flood of 1935 was the most devastating disaster in the history of Dundy County. On May 30, 1935, heavy rainfall in eastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska between 20 and 24 inches caused the banks of the Republican River and its tributaries to overflow. Floodwaters up to twenty-feet deep swept away livestock, farmhouses, automobiles, and bridges. An estimated 113 people lost their lives in the flood, including many Dundy County residents. The communities of Parks, Max, and Benkelman were devastated in terms of physical damage and economic hardship as a result of the flood. An emergency Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp was established in Benkelman in June 1935 to assist in reconstruction efforts in the flood area. Communities in Dundy County have persisted despite the impact of the Republican River Flood of 1935.
~A Clipping found among Alice Gregory's papers - probably from The Benkelman Post
materials contained on these pages are furnished for the free use of
those engaged in researching their family origins. Any commercial use,
without the consent of the host/author of these pages is prohibited.
All images used on these pages were obtained from sources permitting
free distribution, and are subject to the same
restrictions/permissions. All persons contributing material for posting
on these pages does so in recognition of their free, non-commercial
distribution, and further, is responsible to ensure that no copyright
is violated by their submission.
Submitters retain all Copyrights.
All data on this website is © Copyright 2009 by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.