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Morehead in Rowan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

In Memory of the Victims of the 1939 Flood

 
 
The Victims of the 1939 Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, January 7, 2021
1. The Victims of the 1939 Flood Marker
Inscription.  
A flash flood in Morehead, Kentucky in the early morning hours of July 5, 1939 resulted in 25 deaths.

Geneva Amburgey, age 47 • Margie Amburgey, age 13 • Orma Rae Amburgey, age 6 • Junior Leon Bays, age 11 • Minerva Boggess, age 77 • Minnie Carter, age 38 • Lula Mae Collins, age 32 • Maggie Frances Collins, age 12 • Ruby Gladys McRoberts, age 24 • Walter H. McRoberts, jr., age 4 • Millie Ann McRoberts, age 65 • Sylvia Lee Rerry, age 17 • Albert Porter, age 47 • Nora Belle Porter, age 45 • Mahala Mae Ratliff, age 49 • Loren Ratliff, age 8 • Mary F. Salyers, age 23 • Ivan Eugene Salyers, age 8 • Bobby Carl Salyers, age 6 • Alberta Mae Salyers, age 3 • James Elmer Sparkman, age 8 • Paul Edwin Sparkman, age 6 • Thelma Lee Sparkman, age 3 • Bobby E. Sparkman, age 7 mo. • Emma J. Tolliver, age 77

This memorial dedicated July 5, 2014, the 75th anniversary of the tragedy.
 
Erected 2014.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1939.
 
Location. 38° 10.917′ N, 83° 25.983′ 

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W. Marker is in Morehead, Kentucky, in Rowan County. Marker is on East First Street just south of Carey Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 E First St, Morehead KY 40351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rowan County "War," 1884-1887 (within shouting distance of this marker); Rowan County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Morehead Chesapeak And Ohio Railway Freight Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Moonlight Schools (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spirit of the American Doughboy (about 700 feet away); Allie Young Law Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freedom Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morehead.
 
The Victims of the 1939 Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, January 7, 2021
2. The Victims of the 1939 Flood Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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