Flooded Shenandoah Street In Harpers Ferry

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Flooded Shenandoah Street In Harpers Ferry

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Title:  

Flooded Shenandoah Street In Harpers Ferry
Date:
1924

Content Description: 

Harpers Ferry owes its very being to the Potomac and Shenandoah. Yet even in the heyday of waterpower, the rivers were unruly--"subject to very sudden and heavy freshets." With every high-water mark, Harpers Ferry has suffered setbacks. Post-Civil War reindustrialization was hampered again and again as floodwaters wrecked mills. In 1924, flooding forever closed the C&O Canal. Bridges swept away during the 1936 flood were not replaced until the late 1940s; ferry service had to be reintroduced.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0036

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