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Metropolis in Massac County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Looking Back Through Time

~Floods of Metropolis~

 
 
Looking Back Through Time Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
1. Looking Back Through Time Marker
Inscription.  
While fortunate to be on the banks of the Ohio, Metropolis has always had to deal with Mother Nature on a rampage. Whether it was sight-seeing with your friends by the Covington Hotel on Front Street in 1913, or struggling with personal catastrophe, the floods would dominate time and thoughts for weeks.

But life goes on and babies are born, no matter what! The baby on the right, born in 1937, was her parent's 13th child, and the now-grown Metropolis resident says her mother never let her forget it.

School rooms, church basements and railroad cars became home. The Presbyterian Church doubled as a hospital. Miracles happened. History boasts that when Mr. Kidd boated to their water surrounded home to retrieve the family washboard so Mrs. Kidd could do the washing for the little "Kidds", it came floating right out the open window straight to him! Because the Corps of Engineer men (who worked diligently to help the town) wanted Coca-Cola in the worst way, the owner of the Lucky Stop Cafe on upper Market Street arranged for 'many cases' to be brought in a hearse, which was coming to pick up a body. Later, the owner wanted payment
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for needed repairs to his hearse, caused by the excessive weight of all the cases of Coca-Cola!

For eighteen consecutive, freezing, January days it rained. Brave employees rowed to second story windows of the shored-up City Power House, climbed down inside by ladders, and risked their lives to furnish electricity throughout the entire ordeal, to a Metropolis half covered with the Ohio River out of bounds.

The river stayed at crest for three weeks, but as it receded, gray skies once again gave way to blue.

Artist: Benjamin Watterson

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkDisastersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 37° 9.213′ N, 88° 43.907′ W. Marker is in Metropolis, Illinois, in Massac County. Marker is at the intersection of West 7th Street and Market Street, on the left when traveling west on West 7th Street. Marker and mural are on the north wall of the building at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 623 Market Street, Metropolis IL 62960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Metropolis Fire Department History (within shouting distance of this marker); Honoring All Our Defenders of Freedom (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lower Ferry Street
Looking Back Through Time Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
2. Looking Back Through Time Marker
(marker on left side of mural • Market Street is left of building)
(about 500 feet away); Noel Neill (about 500 feet away); Annie Turnbo Malone: 1869–1957 (about 500 feet away); Oscar Micheaux: 1884–1951 (about 500 feet away); Super Heroes (about 500 feet away); The Cowling (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metropolis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio River flood of 1937.
The Ohio River flood of 1937 took place in late January and February 1937. With damage stretching from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois, 385 people died, and one million people were left homeless. Federal and state resources were strained to aid recovery as the disaster occurred during the depths of the Great Depression.
(Submitted on November 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Historic Ohio River Flood of 1937.
The Ohio River Great Flood of January 1937 surpassed all prior floods during the previous 175 years of modern occupancy of the Ohio River Valley. The overall scope of the flood surpassed the major floods of 1884 and 1773, and geological evidence suggests the 1937 flood outdid any previous flood.
(Submitted on November 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Looking Back Through Time Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
3. Looking Back Through Time Mural
Artist: Benjamin Watterson
 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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