1913 · Shelbyville, Indiana
Shelbyville, Indiana: No Publisher, 1913. RARE collection of 13 real photo postcards depicting the historic March 25, 1913 flood of the Big and Little Blue Rivers in Shelbyville, Indiana, still Indiana's worst flood on record. Caused by thick winter snows followed by 2 months of heavy rains that culminated in the deluge of March 25, compared by some locals to a waterspout. The flood washed out bridges and culverts, including the iron bridge over the Flat Rock River, and caused a train wreck at nearby St. Paul, pictured in two of the postcards. While over 20% of the population was made homeless, no lives were lost. It took a week before the first train could arrive, and a month before the inter-urban could return. Even the Mayor of Chicago offered to send help.( "Shelbyville Indiana Flood of 1913" Ron Hamilton, Shelby County Indiana Historian). The post cards are Near Fine, 7 cards with the manuscript names of two local prior owners and some brief inked descriptions to versos. OCLC records only 3 of these cards, all at the Indiana Historical Society. . Postcard. Near Fine. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2".
(Inventory #: 008484)