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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Caldwell in Burleson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Brazos River Levee

Brazos River Levee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 22, 2019
1. Brazos River Levee Marker
Inscription.  Destructive Brazos River floods have often plagued residents of Burleson County. In 1899, a 30-inch rain killed 35 and caused about $9 million in property damage. Again in 1900, 1902 and 1908 Brazos River bottom inhabitants endured serious flooding.

In 1909 W.S. Mial and 49 other citizens asked the commissioners of Burleson County to build levees along the Brazos to protect the valuable farm land. In July 1909, voters unanimously approved the issuance of bonds and the higher taxes to pay off the debt.

Contractors Roach and Stansell built the 9-foot levee which extended south for 30 miles. Its test came in December 1913, with a storm far worse than the 1899 flood. Residents of this area, depending on the levees for safety, did not flee until the water had risen dangerously.

Too late, they discovered the levee trapped water and then broke, unleashing a wall of destruction from which there was no escape. Victims rode out the flood on roofs and in treetops. There where 180 deaths and $8 million in property loss

Still convinced of the value of the levees, voters in 1914 approved reconstruction bonds. The
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Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 22, 2019
2. Brazos River Levee Marker Area
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indebtedness was not retired until 1963, long after modern flood control methods made the area safe.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7551.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersMan-Made Features. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1909.
Location. 30° 36.622′ N, 96° 31.691′ W. Marker is near Caldwell, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 50, 1.3 miles south of State Highway 21, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell TX 77836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Salvador Mission Church (approx. half a mile away); Moseley's Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Route of El Camino Real (approx. 2.8 miles away); Near Homesite of Judge Andrew S. Broaddus (approx. 5 miles away); Cooks Point (approx. 5 miles away); Kings Highway (approx. 5 miles away); Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fort Tenoxtitlan (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caldwell.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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May. 20, 2022