Publications of the Illinois State Historical Library Volume 20

Publications of the Illinois State Historical Library Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...morning of the 19th was quite large, and the scene was a most remarkable one, and not likely to be forgotten. People would stand as near as they dared to the rushing stream. Pretty soon some one would notice the ground was cracking and opening behind the spectators, and then there would be a rush back to ground that appeared to be safe, which sooner or later would also crumble and drop into the fast widening channel. The Kaskaskia River was perhaps 600 feet wide at this point and could not at once take care of this great flood, and the water spread itself over the land on the further side from the Mississippi, striking the bank with such force that it uprooted large trees on the shore, and along in what was then called the "Reiley's Bottom." Such pecan and other large trees as were on the west bank were torn up by the roots. Some sank out of sight at once and others moved off with the flood, their tops uppermost, while the weight of dirt in their roots partly held them down. There was a great rush and roar of waters, and masses of foam and froth drifted off with the boiling, rushing and eddying waters, and the force of the current was terrific. The Mississippi spread itself out both up and down the narrower river into which it was pouring, and, of course, forced the Kaskaskia ip stream. I remember that large masses of dirt piled themselves up stream to the apparent height, in a few instances of 15 feet, which later dissolved, but which actually largely impeded the downflow of the Kaskaskia. A new highway bridge was being built at Evansville, several miles higher up the stream, and the county was compelled to construct a draw, or swing, in this bridge, to enable steamboats to go up the river. New Athens in St. Clair County was...
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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878825
  • 9781236878823