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1951 Flood Photo Gallery

Manhattan 1951

Poyntz Avenue (from top to bottom 
       in photo) between 7th and 8th Streets in Manhattan (Kansas State Historical Society 
       copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Poyntz Avenue (from top to bottom in photo) between
7th and 8th Streets in Manhattan (Kansas State
Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).

Two boaters, the one being
              Dennis Barclay of Manhattan feeding a parking meter on Poyntz Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets, <br> Manhattan (Kansas 
              State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Two boaters, the one being Dennis Barclay of
Manhattan feeding a parking meter on
Poyntz Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets,
Manhattan (Kansas State Historical Society
copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Sinclair filling station 
              underwater in Manhattan (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse 
              restrictions apply).
Sinclair filling station underwater in Manhattan (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).

Results of the overflow of the 
       Kansas River at the Union Pacific Station (photo courtesy of U.S. Department of 
       Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence).
Results of the overflow of the Kansas River at the Union Pacific
Station (photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence).

Results of the overflow 
             of the Kansas River at the Union Pacific Station (photo courtesy of U.S. 
             Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence).
Results of the overflow of the Kansas River at the Union Pacific Station (photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence)

Results of the overflow 
             of the Kansas River at the Union Pacific Station (photo courtesy of U.S. 
             Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence).
Results of the overflow of the Kansas River at the Union Pacific Station (photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence)

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Topeka 1951

Aerial view of floodwaters in 
       North Topeka.  Cloverleaf on U.S. Hwy. 24 and Jayhawk Junior Motel in upper right 
       (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Aerial view of floodwaters in North Topeka. Cloverleaf on U.S. Hwy. 24 and
Jayhawk Junior Motel in upper right (Kansas State Historical Society copy
and reuse restrictions apply
).

The cloverleaf in North Topeka at 
       the junction of U.S. Hwys. 24 and 75.  The recently opened Jayhawk Junior Motel was 
       underwater up its roof. Photo looking southeast (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, 
       Topeka, Kansas)
The cloverleaf in North Topeka at the junction of U.S. Hwys. 24 and 75. The
recently opened Jayhawk Junior Motel was underwater up its roof. Photo
looking southeast (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).

Rock Island railroad bridge and 
       U.S. Hwy. 75 bridge (Topeka Boulevard, center), Melan bridge (Kansas Avenue, upper 
       right), Santa Fe <br> railroad bridge (top right) after washing out. Photo looking 
       northeast (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas)
Rock Island railroad bridge and U.S. Hwy. 75 bridge (Topeka Boulevard, center),
Melan bridge (Kansas Avenue, upper right), Santa Fe railroad bridge (top right)
after washing out. Photo looking northeast (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou,
Topeka, Kansas).

Topeka Boulevard bridge looking 
       south from North Topeka (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
Topeka Boulevard bridge looking southeast from North Topeka
(photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas ).

North Kansas Avenue looking 
        southwest (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
North Kansas Avenue (from top to bottom) looking southwest
(photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).

Locomotives sit on the 
             railroad bridge in hopes of protecting it from the raging waters (Kansas State 
             Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Locomotives sit on the railroad bridge in hopes of protecting it from the raging waters (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
The Santa Fe railroad 
              bridge, only the outer spans survived. Locomotives <br> were used in hopes of 
              protecting the bridge, but four were lost in the <br> collapse (Kansas State 
              Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply).
The Santa Fe railroad bridge, only the outer spans survived. Locomotives were used in hopes of protecting the bridge, but four were lost in the collapse (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Aerial view of Topeka, 
              looking southwest.  Santa Fe Railroad bridge in center (photo courtesy of G.L. 
              Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
Aerial view of Topeka, looking southwest. Santa Fe Railroad bridge in center (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
The Kansas River (at top) 
              overflows its banks and surrounds the Rock Island Railroad Station, in center 
              (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
The Kansas River (at top) overflows its banks and surrounds the Rock Island Railroad Station, in center (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).

The Topeka Owls Baseball Park 
       underwater, Scott's Meat Market in center foreground (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, 
       Topeka, Kansas).
The Topeka Owls Baseball Park underwater, Scott's Meat Market in center
foreground (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Plant, 
       looking toward the north (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Plant, looking toward the north
(photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).

No flights today. Topeka Municipal 
       Airport completely inundated by floodwaters (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, 
       Kansas).
No flights today. Topeka Municipal Airport completely inundated by floodwaters
(photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).

Topeka Water Treatment Plant 
              sits high and dry, thanks to a dike made of sandbags..  The old Brickyard 
              Bridge, upper right, gave way to the fury of the Kansas River (photo courtesy 
              of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
Topeka Water Treatment Plant sits high and dry, thanks to a dike made of sandbags. The old Brickyard Bridge, upper right, gave way to the fury of the Kansas River (photo courtesy of G.L. Sardou, Topeka, Kansas).
Topeka's Manor Baking Co., 
              a Standard Service station, and residences underwater (Kansas State Historical 
              Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Topeka's Manor Baking Co., a Standard Service station, and
residences underwater (Kansas State Historical Society
copy and reuse restrictions apply
).
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Lawrence 1951

Angry floodwater rushes under the 
       Lawrence bridge, looking north (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Angry floodwater rushes under the Lawrence bridge, looking north
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Hundreds are saved from porches 
       and roof tops (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Hundreds are saved from porches and roof tops
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Cutting begins at the bridge approach, and more water is coming. 
                  Johnny's Tavern in background.  (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Cutting begins at the bridge approach, and more water
is coming. Johnny's Tavern in background (photo
courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
More rain as evacuation by 
             boat gets underway. Johnny's Tavern in background. Local Man, Ralph Miller, is standing, wearing a 
	     wide-brimmed hat, coveralls and a jacket.(photo courtesy of Lawrence 
             Journal World).
More rain as evacuation by boat gets underway.
Johnny's Tavern in background. Local Man, Ralph Miller, is standing, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, coveralls and a jacket.(photo courtesy
of Lawrence Journal World)

Water goes in the windows at the 
       Union Pacific station (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Water goes in the windows at the Union Pacific station
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

A mighty force tear a 
             section out of Elm Street (photo courtesy Lawrence Journal World).
A mighty force tear a section out of Elm Street (photo
courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Locust Street was limited to 
             boat traffic for several days (photo courtesy Lawrence Journal World).
Locust Street was limited to boat traffic for several days (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Cole's Food Store as the 
             water rises; six feet more to come (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Cole's Food Store as the water rises; six feet more to
come (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
The same store after the 
             water had gone--a total wreck (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
The same store after the water had gone--a total wreck
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Only a housetop is visible at 
       Sixth and Perry Streets (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Only a housetop is visible at Sixth and Perry Streets
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Water covers the floor of the 
       Santa Fe station (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Water covers the floor of the Santa Fe station
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Lawrence Municipal Airport was in 
       the center of a vast boiling sea (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Lawrence Municipal Airport was in the center of a vast boiling sea
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Westvaco's new $3,500,000 chemical 
       plant is inundated (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Westvaco's new $3,500,000 chemical plant is inundated
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

A church top comes to rest 
             on the Union Pacific tracks (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
A church top comes to rest on the Union Pacific tracks (photo
courtesy of Lawrence Journal World)
Here lies a former 
             automobile, close by the Union Pacific station (photo courtesy of Lawrence 
             Journal World).
Here lies a former automobile, close by the Union Pacific station (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Concrete paving was no match for 
       the angry Kansas River (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Concrete paving was no match for the angry Kansas River
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

A scene typical of many sad 
       homecomings in North Lawrence (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
A scene typical of many sad homecomings in North Lawrence
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Tractors covered by sand, 
             mud, and debris in the wake of the flood near Lawrence (photo courtesy of U.S. 
           Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence)
Tractors covered by sand, mud, and debris in the wake of the flood near Lawrence (photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence)
County road washed out 
             near Beaty Collins farm, (Lakeview Road, east-west), 100 yards south of the 
             Kansas River, Douglas County, Kansas.  On both sides of the road valuable 
             cropland was lost from the overflow of the Kansas River (photo courtesy of U.S. 
           Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence)
County road washed out near Beaty Collins farm, (Lakeview
Road, east-west), 100 yards south of the Kansas River,
Douglas County, Kansas. On both sides of the road valuable
cropland was lost from the overflow of the Kansas River
(photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence)

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Kansas City, Kansas, 1951

Aerial view of flooding at the 
       confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in Kansas City looking northeast on July 
       13, 1951 (photo courtesy of Warner Studio, Kansas City, Missouri).
Aerial view of flooding at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in Kansas City looking northeast on
July 13, 1951 (photo courtesy of Warner Studio, Kansas City, Missouri).

Aerial view of the Kansas City 
       flood, downtown Kansas City, Missouri, in background (Kansas State Historical Society 
       copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Aerial view of Kansas City flood, downtown Kansas City, Missouri, in background
(Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).

July 13, 1951, rescuing 
             cattle at Central and James Street, in the area of the stockyards, Kansas City  
             (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
July 13, 1951, rescuing cattle at Central and James Street, in the area of the stockyards, Kansas City (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
July 14, 1951 - Argentine 
             Baptist Church, in the Argentine District. Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply).
July 14, 1951 - Argentine Baptist Church, in the Argentine District (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).

Kansas City fights fire and water 
       (photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).
Kansas City fights fire and water
(photo courtesy of Lawrence Journal World).

Flood damage at Kansas Avenue and 
       Berger, July 26, 1951 (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions 
       apply).
Flood damage at Kansas Avenue and Berger, July 26, 1951 (Kansas
State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).

Aftermath of 1951 flood, 
             26th Street in the Argentine District (Kansas State Historical Society  copy and 
             reuse restrictions apply).
Aftermath of 1951 flood, 26th Street in the Argentine District. (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Aftermath of flood--Santa Fe 
             railroad yards in the Argentine District in Kansas City, Kansas (Kansas State 
             Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).
Aftermath of flood--Santa Fe Railroad yards in the Argentine District in Kansas City, Kansas (Kansas State Historical Society copy and reuse restrictions apply).

Flood damage--Union Pacific 
         railroad yard, looking west from 7th Street  (Kansas State Historical Society copy 
         and reuse restrictions apply).
Flood damage--Union Pacific railroad yard,
looking west from 7th Street (Kansas State
Historical Society copy and reuse
restrictions apply
).

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