And the rains came

pc-June1908Flood13Hickory

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
June 12, 2013

Seems fitting with the spring rains we’re experiencing that we run a photo postcard showing a scene in the West Bottoms during the great flood of 1908.

The postcard depicts 13th and Hickory streets during the June flood. The John Deere Plow Company building can be seen with floodwaters from the Missouri and Kansas rivers lapping at its door and loading dock. At that time, there were no levies or dikes to channel the swirling river’s water away from business and residential districts along its banks.

Five years earlier, the “great” flood of 1903 occurred, flooding the same area and interrupting train service to Kansas City for almost two weeks. During both floods, livestock from the stockyards was paraded up walkways and into the Livestock Exchange building in order to avoid financial ruin for owners and traders. Millions, however, were lost in both stock and property during the two floods.

It should be no surprise that following the 1908 flood, city leaders drew up plans to move the then-called Union Depot from the oft-flooded West Bottoms to a higher location. The Pershing Road location was chosen for the new depot, Union Station.

This real photo postcard was sent to Miss Rose Dierks who resided at Armour Boulevard and The Paseo. It reads, “Best regards and wishes from yours truly.” It is signed with the initials P. L. D. The card was mailed July 13, 1908.

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

  • Swope mystery lives on while park thrives

    September 20th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This card, titled “Entrance to Swope Park, Kansas City,” may have been sent by a prominent Kansas City architect of its day.


    Taming the streets of Kansas City

    September 13th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Print advertisements placed by the Oldsmobile Company in 1939 tout the new Olds “60” as the “car that tamed the Belgian Block,” referring to how well the car’s


    Innovative trucks drove Kansas City’s economy

    September 7th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Following Labor Day, we publish this rare Real Photo postcard and dedicate it to those who drive the wheels of our economy.


    Kelly Flour Mills workers would have celebrated Labor Day

    August 30th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News The Labor Day holiday is coming Monday, so here, with this Real Photo Postcard published in 1910, we pay homage to the greatest workforce on the face of


    Vanderslice made it big in the KC ice and coal business

    August 23rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This week, in celebration of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, we showcase an advertising postcard published for


  • Highest point in Kansas City housed corruption cleanser

    August 16th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This advertising postcard from The Westmoreland Company shows a residence at 74th and Mercier streets.


    Benton Circle: the early days

    August 9th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This week, we feature a card John Straley published between 1925-1930 titled “The Benton Circle,” shown in its original configuration at the intersection of St.


    Neighborhood school built on history

    August 2nd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Located on the corner of Prospect Boulevard and Amie Court, Garfield Elementary School was one of the first ward schools in Kansas City.


    Troost Lake connects to streetcar, Mormon histories

    July 26th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Opening to the public in 1888, Troost Park and adjoining Troost Lake were the ideas of the Kansas City Cable Railway Company (later known as the Kansas City


    The wild waters of pre-levee Kansas City

    July 19th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Published by the North American Postcard Company of Kansas City, Mo., this week’s card is a Real Photo Postcard showing the West Bottoms area looking northwest toward the


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Northeast teens still being thanked for heroism during flash flood

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News September 23, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A local man who nearly drowned last month […]

    Upcoming lane closures scheduled as I-435 construction nears end

    Northeast News September 23, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Construction work along I-435 is nearing completion. Between 9:00 p.m. on […]

    Passantino Bros. earns CID rebate check for site improvements

    Northeast News September 23, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – After completing exterior renovations to their business, Passantino Bros. Funeral Home […]