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

Forsyth, MT

June 16, 1918

 
 
Forsyth, MT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Forsyth, MT Marker
Inscription.  In 1918, a rising Yellowstone River threatened the City of Forsyth. According to the Forsyth Times Journal, "Over 500 men worked for 36 hours to keep the flood water out of the city as much as possible." On this day in the early morning hours, the hastily constructed levee west of the bridge gave way and nothing more could be done. Water rushed into the west end of Forsyth flooding the entire town north of the railroad tracks.
Every basement was flooded to the floor joists. Homes had 2 to 3 feet of water flowing through their ground floors. The currents washed away streets, fences, and sidewalks. Boats became the only means of transportation. Downtown business remained open while customers and employees waded through 6 to 12 inches of water.
Within a week of the flood abatement, citizens convened a mass public meeting to discuss constructing a new water system, sewer system, a leave and sidewalks. Shortly thereafter, the people of Forsyth also began planning for a new hospital.
In 1944 the US Army Corps of Engineers began the process to construct a levee for the city of Forsyth. Construction was completed in 1948. The levee
Forsyth, MT Marker (on the left) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Forsyth, MT Marker (on the left)
The Forsyth Bridge and Forsyth Water Pumping Station are in the background.
is about 2 1/2 miles long surrounding the city on the west and north sides separating it from the Yellowstone River. The city has avoided significant damage from Yellowstone River flooding since its construction.
 
Erected by Montana Silver Jackets.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
 
Location. 46° 15.945′ N, 106° 41.387′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Avenue North and Oak Street, on the left when traveling north on 3rd Avenue North. The marker is located at the VFW Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Forsyth Water Pumping Station (a few steps from this marker); Forsyth Bridge (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (approx. half a mile away); Commercial Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Kennedy-Fletcher Block (approx. half a mile away); Choisser Block (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (approx. half a mile 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 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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