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Alton in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Great River Floods

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
1. Great River Floods Marker
Inscription.  Throughout history, Mississippi River floods have been a part of the natural cycle of life [unreadable]. During each flood, residents have worked to lessen damage, and have slowly rebuilt their towns, their farms, and their lives. Today, a modern system of levees and dams on tributary rivers helps reduce flood damage, our large Mississippi River flood can never be fully controlled.

"This present flood of 1882 will doubtless be celebrated in the river's history. [W]hen the flood was at its highest, the Mississippi was seventy miles [unreadable]. The crops were destroyed, houses washed away, and shelterless men and cattle forced to take refuge on scattering elevations... and wait in peril and suffering..."
—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi


[Caption]
In September 2008, the Mississippi River reaches flood stage at St. Louis after rising a record 14 feet in 24 hours.
 
Erected by US Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District; City of Alton, Illinois.
 
Location.
Great River Floods Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
2. Great River Floods Marker
Marker has been reported unreadable. 38° 53.149′ N, 90° 10.894′ W. Marker is in Alton, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Riverfront Drive west of Boat Launch Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton IL 62002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A Changing Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Alton and the Flood of '93 (within shouting distance of this marker); Smallpox Island (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Duel That Never Happened (about 400 feet away); Ryder Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Discover History All Around Alton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debates! (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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