Fort Edward in Washington County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rogers Island - Fort Edward, NY
The Flood of 1913 & Concrete Barges
The Hudson River several times threatened the existence of our community - floods occurred in 1833, 1843, 1869, 1893, and 1913. During the 1893 flood the lower part of the Island washed away.
The flood in the spring of 1913 was the most disastrous one. The spring floods caused such a rush of water from the Adirondacks the dams along the river gave way. Residents of the Island section and the southern part of the village had to leave their homes when the International Paper Company Dam collapsed. The cry, 'The dam is out,' spread fear and consternation among the townspeople.
The Hudson rose 22 feet above normal and great piles of logs belonging to the paper company were jammed against the railroad bridges. D & H gondola cars filled with iron ore were rolled upon both spans to add weight to the structures and to prevent their being swept away. River drivers with equipment of the day attempted to break the jam without success and were forced to resort to the use of dynamite. It has been estimated that roughly ly 200,000 logs were lost most of which floated out to sea.
Property on the 'Island' was in great danger.
During World Wars I & II, while service flags with blue or gold stars appeared in the windows, those at home went 'all out' to preserve our heritage of freedom...” Narratives of Old Fort Edward, Anne E. Brislin.
One of the very visible ways that the residents of Fort Edward worked to secure victory in World War I was the manufacturing of cement barges by Holler, Davis & Flood. This Hudson Falls headquartered company had 4 Building Ways (essentially dry docks) on the Island and could manufacture barges up to 150 feet weighing a maximum of 500 tons. The cement barges were used to transport war materiel during the war. Cement was used since it required less steel which was in short supply due to the war effort. The cement barges were built on the Island through 1919.
Location. 43° 15.934′ N, 73° 35.224′ W. Marker is in Fort Edward, New York, in Washington County. Marker is on Rogers Island Drive. Marker is beside Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Edward NY 12828, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Rogers Island - Fort Edward, NY (a few steps from this Jane McCrea (a few steps from this marker); The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward (about 300 feet away); Fort Edward War Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Edward.
Also see . . . Concrete Barges. You can still see the hulks of abandoned barges during low water at Lock 9 (Pattersonville, NY ) on the Erie Canal. Very spooky (Submitted on May 30, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.