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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Forsyth, MT

 
 
Forsyth, MT Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Forsyth, MT Marker
Inscription.  In 1918, the city of Forsyth was threatened by rising flood waters of the Yellowstone River. Only two blocks of Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues remained dry. Temporary berms had been constructed to hold the flood waters at bay to protect the town's business district.
Though the citizens had access to dry ground, it did not prevent great damage. The basement of every business was completely flooded; floor joists sagged creating uneven floors, remaining for years, even into the 1970s. F.M. Booth's furniture store was completely destroyed after is foundation collapsed.
Flood cleanup and rebuilding took months. Flood waters had inundated the outdoor privies, livery stables, and corrals contaminating the city's drinking water.
Visual evidence of the 1918 high water mark can still be seen in the basements along Main Street.
 
Erected by Montana Silver Jackets.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1918.
 
Location. 46° 15.91′ N, 106° 40.822′ W. Marker is in Forsyth,
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Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on Main Street near North 8th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 807 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. Commercial Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Kennedy-Fletcher Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (about 400 feet away); Choisser Block (about 400 feet away); 933 Main Street (about 500 feet away); Merchant Bank (about 600 feet away); Roxy Theatre (about 600 feet away); Forsyth Main Street Historic District (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
Forsyth, MT Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Forsyth, MT Marker
The marker is at the corner.
 
 
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 120 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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