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Nine days after the Mill River flood of 1874, newspapers such as the Greenfield Gazette & Courier, continued their coverage of the disaster by detailing the property losses and the costs of rebuilding. Survivors had acted quickly to rebuild the valley. The day after the disaster, they petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature to pay to rebuild roads and bridges (the Legislature paid most of it) and beseeched their local mill owners to rebuild at once; most did. The flood was caused by a reservoir dam failure after which a giant floodwave washed out a narrow western Massachusetts valley lined with factories and farms. In 1874 the Mill River flood was the most deadly dam failure on record in the U.S.; 139 died.

 

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"Reservoir Disaster" article from the Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   May 25, 1874
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   12.0"
height   19.0"
width   1.75"
width   1.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.008


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See Also...

"Terrible Horror" article from the Journal of Industry newspaper

"True Heroes" article from scrapbook kept by Celia M. Kimball

"Harper's Weekly Journal of Civilization" illustrations of Mill River Disaster Flood


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