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Oregon Photographica]
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM OF SALEM, OREGON DURING THE "CHRISTMAS FLOOD" OF 1964-65]
Salem, Or., 1965. Forty-two black and white photographs, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Photographs corner mounted recto and verso of album leaves with typed caption labels pasted below. Oblong quarto album. Green printed boards with ties, front cover gilt stamped. Minor wear to boards. A few album leaves with frayed edges, a few photographs with faint creases along the edge, but most very good to near fine. Dramatic photos of Salem, Oregon, taken during the "Christmas Flood," one of the worst natural disasters in the state of Oregon. Flood conditions appeared December 18, 1964 and continued for three weeks, until January 7, 1965. By December 23, the Willamette River had crested at thirty feet. In Salem, the National Guard joined crews of local firefighters and police to evacuate residents by helicopter, boat, and amphibious vehicle. Guard troops also helped evacuate 121 patients from Salem Memorial Hospital, which flooded due to its proximity to Pringle Creek. Despite pumping and sandbagging by Oregon Correctional Institute crews who worked through the night, dikes around the hospital were overrun and the building quickly filled with water. The photos in this collection are likely amateur but quite good. Many depict scenes during and after the height of the flooding, including the mill at Mill Creek (with 5ft., 9in. of water in the basement), Minto Island, Pringle Park, the hospital, and the railway bridge at Marion Street. Also included are landscape views of Ankeny Bottom, Center Street Bridge, Church Street Bridge, along with scenes of downtown. There are images of Natio … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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