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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.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Forsyth, MT Marker
Inscription.  In 1918 the city of Forsyth was flooded for 2 1/2 weeks by the rising waters of the Yellowstone River.
The waters rushed into the west end of Forsyth, flooding the entire town north of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. As the flood waters peaked, the most reliable transportation was vis shallow draft Jon boats because automobiles became bogged down in mud, and water disabled the engines.
In an era before antibiotics and other medications, residents feared dreaded diseases such as malaria, cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. In the coming autumn and winter, (1918-1919) Forsyth would lose may citizens to the Spanish flu, a pandemic which has spread worldwide.
These two catastrophes were the main motivators for the construction of the first public hospital in Forsyth within the next five years. The hospital was state-of-the-art for its time and no expense was spared, though by then the economy had turned and times were hard.
Even in the face of disaster, children found a way to entertain themselves and had a great old time in a precariously overloaded Jon boat in front of the Andrew and Ellen Thurston home. The Thurston
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home, on the corner of 14th and River Street, only suffered a flooded basement.
Erected by Montana Silver Jackets.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersNotable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1918.
Location. 46° 16.183′ N, 106° 40.466′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of North 14th Avenue and River Street, on the left when traveling north on North 14th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 290 North 14th Avenue, 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. Thurston Residence (here, next to this marker); Bland Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harry and Frances Cornwall Residence (about 400 feet away); Maurice and Mary Lord Residence (about 400 feet away); Meyerhoff Residence (about 400 feet away); Beeman Residence (about 400 feet away); McCuistion Residence (about 500 feet away); Thomas Alexander, 1856-1918 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
Forsyth, MT Marker, on left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Forsyth, MT Marker, on left
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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