Looking to the past

“We still make gas” in Beardstown

A reader recently wrote: “Those of us with gray on our domes know about the floods of the 1920s and the 1943 event, but I doubt younger residents know. With this year’s high water, you should write about those floods.”
It had been thought that Beardstown was reasonably safe from flooding. The high water record of 22.4 feet had been set back in 1844. Since that time, the river had only reached or surpassed the 20-foot mark on six occasions.

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