Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
June 16, 1918
Only a two block section of Main Street between 8th and 10th avenues remained relatively dry because temporary berms were quickly constructed to hold the flood waters at bay protecting the town's main business district.
Downtown businesses remained open while customers and employees waded through 6 to 12 inches of water. According to the Forsyth Times-Journal, "The telephone office is still doing business at the old stand, but with about 8 inches of water covering the floor."
The Commercial and Alexander hotels and the restaurants still operated, feeding and sheltering the locals until they could find other accommodations while they waited for the flood waters to recede.
Every basement was flooded to the floor joists. Homes in the residential district had 2 to 3 feet of water flowing through their ground floors.
The residents of Forsyth were fortunate that no accidents occurred and no lives were lost.
Throughout the summer, the sound of pumps could be heard emptying basements of water.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
Location. 46° 15.939′ N, 106° 40.748′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 9th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Main Street, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 933 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy-Fletcher Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Choisser Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchant Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Roxy Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Hotel (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (about 400 feet away); Forsyth Main Street Historic District (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.