Durango’s worst flood ever

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Durango’s worst flood ever

Southwest Colorado was cut off by 1911 deluge
In this iconic photo looking south from the Main Avenue bridge at 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 1911, townspeople are checking the high water that is washing through what is now Rotary Park. By 9:30 p.m., the water was higher than the tops of the arches. The bridge, built in 1906 for $32,000, was one of only three bridges in Durango that survived.
This postcard from the Nina Heald Webber collection is a photo taken by Pen-Dike Studio after the Flood of 1911 destroyed 22 miles of track, including the road bed in many places, on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad between Durango and Silverton.
This footbridge over the Animas River was being washed out at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 1911, while people gathered to watch at the top of the stairs. The water level didn’t reach its peak of 8 feet above flood level until five hours later.
The Lerader residence was washed off its foundation and is lodged against a tree. The Main Avenue bridge is to the far left. Reports at the time said, “This place had many fine flowers, shrubs, trees and a lawn. There is now no soil left, just stone and gravel.”
The Flood of 1911 had already begun to recede when this picture of water rushing between two houses was taken.
Durango residents, far left, check out the remnants of a railroad bridge that was washed out during the Flood of 1911. The bridge was located near the spot where the U.S. Highway 160 bridge now crosses the Animas just south of the DoubleTree Hotel.
On the net

To see the flood plain mapping approved in 2010, visit www.laplata.co.us. Click on e-services and select ArcIMS Interactive Mapping. On the map, select the area in the county you want to view and zoom in. Click on Layers and select Floodplain

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Durango’s worst flood ever

In this iconic photo looking south from the Main Avenue bridge at 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 1911, townspeople are checking the high water that is washing through what is now Rotary Park. By 9:30 p.m., the water was higher than the tops of the arches. The bridge, built in 1906 for $32,000, was one of only three bridges in Durango that survived.
This postcard from the Nina Heald Webber collection is a photo taken by Pen-Dike Studio after the Flood of 1911 destroyed 22 miles of track, including the road bed in many places, on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad between Durango and Silverton.
This footbridge over the Animas River was being washed out at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 1911, while people gathered to watch at the top of the stairs. The water level didn’t reach its peak of 8 feet above flood level until five hours later.
The Lerader residence was washed off its foundation and is lodged against a tree. The Main Avenue bridge is to the far left. Reports at the time said, “This place had many fine flowers, shrubs, trees and a lawn. There is now no soil left, just stone and gravel.”
The Flood of 1911 had already begun to recede when this picture of water rushing between two houses was taken.
Durango residents, far left, check out the remnants of a railroad bridge that was washed out during the Flood of 1911. The bridge was located near the spot where the U.S. Highway 160 bridge now crosses the Animas just south of the DoubleTree Hotel.
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