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Kalamazoo River dam during the flood of 1908

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dc.coverage.temporal Battle Creek. Michigan, circa 1908 en_US
dc.identifier.other LPC-033-008-003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.willardlibrary.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/12800
dc.description Postcard showing a flooded area of Battle Creek, c. 1908. Battle Creek experienced major flooding in the downtown area in 1887, 1896, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1918, and 1947. By the mid-1950's local leaders worked with the federal government to vacate properties in the flood-prone neighborhood southwest of downtown Battle Creek known as "the bottoms." By 1954 a coalition of local industries and foundations and the federal government was formed to clear housing in the Bottoms. Displaced residents were encouraged to move to the Washington Heights neighborhood. Work began with the Army Core of Engineers on the "Cement River Project" to straighten the Kalamazoo River and channel it so that it no longer could flood the downtown area or displace homeowners. Written on back: Here with I send you a post card of one of the scenes of the high water of last sunday at the dam of the Kalamazoo river. I am in the group across on the other side. T. H. Atkinson 122 Coldwater St. Battle Creek, Mich Sent to: Mrs. Alice Coates Barker N.Y. R.R. No 33 Sent on: March 17, 1908 en_US
dc.format.medium b&w postcard en_US
dc.language.iso En en_US
dc.subject Floods en_US
dc.subject Rivers - Kalamazoo River en_US
dc.subject Floods, Cyclones en_US
dc.title Kalamazoo River dam during the flood of 1908 en_US
dc.type Image en_US

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