Missouri River not kind to Kansas City

PC-flood-1908

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
June 26, 2013

From a statistical standpoint, the 1908 flood in Kansas City was not as disastrous as the 1903 or 1951 floods. In June of 1908 the heavens opened up and the Kansas and Missouri rivers swelled from their banks, displacing thousands of residents and wreaking havoc to the stock yards and meat packing industries located in the Central Industrial District (West Bottoms).

The scene pictured above shows the confluence of the Missouri and the Kaw (Kansas) from the east end of the newly-constructed Inter-City Viaduct. According to statistics gathered at the U.S. Geological Survey Stream-flow Gaging Station in Topeka, the Kansas River flowed at a rate of 300,000 cubic feet per second during the flood of 1903. By comparison, the 1908 flow was a tad less than 200,000 cubic feet per second, putting it on par with 1993 flood numbers. The 1951 flood stats are almost double that of 1903, with a whopping 455,000 cubic feet per second in displacement on the Kaw.

This card was written July 3, 1908, and was sent from Manitou, Colo., to Miss Lulu Comer of Yates City, Ill. The message reads: “This picture is the way the Missouri river looked when I was in K.C. Say but I feel good out here, it is so nice and clear and cool. Not many in town yet, a little too early yet. Giles.”

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

  • Main Street Theater history lives on

    22 hours ago
    by

    Northeast News The marquee on the Max Bernstein postcard of the Main Street Theater shows the vaudeville team of Williams and Wolfus playing, as well as Lydia Barry.
    “Williams and Wolfus”


    Fort Osage serves both past and present

    March 24th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News This week’s postcard is an early Chrome-type postcard published by James Tetrick of Kansas City showing historic Fort Osage near Sibley.


    The original Kansas City Hummer vehicle

    March 17th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News When you think of a Hummer these days, the first thing to probably come to mind is the monstrous SUV that began its life as a utility vehicle


    Greetings from Saint Patrick

    March 10th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News Postcards such as this have long been used to convey greetings conveniently to friends and relatives afar.


    The White Company delivers innovation through history

    March 4th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News “Our standard has always been to build a car able to surmount any road conditions which might be encountered.


  • Postcard shows business as usual in 1909

    February 18th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News Risqué postcards, like the one shown here, have been around for as long as postcards themselves.
    Prior to the advent of postcards as a private communication medium, those looking


    Missouri’s home-state railroad

    February 11th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News Published for the Missouri Pacific–Iron Mountain Railway, the promotional postcard shows a picturesque view as described by the caption: “Along the Missouri River for more than 100 miles


    The early days of downtown

    February 4th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News Hardly the downtown of today, this black and white lithographed postcard shows a view looking east-northeast from the Coates House Hotel at 11th Street and Broadway Boulevard.
    Published by


    Ginger Club Businesses offer Snappy Service

    January 28th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News Hoping to bring more business to their block, merchants in the 300 block of East 12th Street organized a Ginger Club, using a Ginger Snap as an emblem.


    A little slice of Beverly Hills in Independence

    January 21st, 2015
    by

    Northeast News “Beverly Hills Acre Tracts. Ideal home sites on easy terms. City conveniences, no city or special taxes, half-acre lots at the price of city lots.”
    So reads the marketing


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    The hunt for colored eggs

    Last weekend, hundreds of children from around the Northeast swarmed the Concourse grounds...

    Back Door Pottery a staple along St. John Avenue

    By Samantha Belcourt Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Back Door Pottery was originally built in the 1920’s.

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder [...]