Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Floods

 
 
Floods Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Floods Marker
Inscription. Waterpower built this town, and the power of the water eventually destroyed it.

The destruction of the Federal Armory during the Civil War began the town's decline. Many people who had left Harpers Ferry during the war did return, only to be driven away again - and this time permanently - by the devastating flood of 1870 and those that soon followed. Harpers Ferry never fully recovered.
 
Location. 39° 19.337′ N, 77° 43.838′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340) and Market Street, on the right when traveling east on Shenandoah Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the Lower Town at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shenandoah Street about 1880 ( a few steps from this marker); A Government Factory Town No Longer ( within shouting distance of this marker); Market House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Samuel Annin ( within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Workers ( within
Three Floods Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
2. Three Floods Markers
shouting distance of this marker); Casualties of Time ( within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); High Street in 1886 ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a photo of Lower Town flooded in 1972.
 
Also see . . .  Memorable Floods at Harpers Ferry. National Park Service page listing floods dating back to the 1740s. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Floods Photos image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
3. Floods Photos
One of the Floods Markers shows photos from an 1889 flood.
Twentieth Century Floods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
4. Twentieth Century Floods
Another Floods Marker shows photos from 1924 and 1936 floods.
Flood High Water Marks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
5. Flood High Water Marks
The highest flood crest recorded on the board occurred in 1936. Others noted include 1889, 1896, 1902, 1924, 1942, 1972, 1985, and 1996 (twice).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Paid Advertisement