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Photos of flood aftermath in the Black Hills area during 1921-1930


August 3, 1922, flood in the Hot Springs area


The train trestle near Hot Springs was severely damaged by the August 3, 1922, flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
The train trestle near Hot Springs, SD, was severely damaged by the August 3, 1922, flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
This railroad bridge was severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
This railroad bridge was severely damaged during the 1922 flood in Hot Springs, SD. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


Flood debris along the Fall River. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Flood debris along the Fall River following the 1922 flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Railway damage following the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Railway damage following the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Fall River on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Fall River on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


Remains of a bridge after the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Remains of a bridge after the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Another bridge was washed out by the flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Another bridge was washed out by the 1922 flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


Railroad grade was washout during the the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Railroad grade was washout during the the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
These train tracks near Hot Springs were damaged by the August 3, 1922, flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
These train tracks near Hot Springs, SD, were damaged by the August 3, 1922, flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Many rail bridges between Hot Springs and Buffalo Gap were washed out or severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Many rail bridges between Hot Springs and Buffalo Gap were washed out or severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


This bridge was severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
This bridge was severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Railway damage following the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Railway damage following the 1922 flood in the Hot Springs area. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Damage and debris left by the flood along the Fall River. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Damage and debris left by the flood along the Fall River. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


Flood damage in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Flood damage in Hot Springs, SD. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Fall River in Hot Springs on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Fall River in Hot Springs, SD, on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


Flood damage in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Flood damage in Hot Springs, SD. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Debris left by the August 3, 1922, flood in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Debris left by the August 3, 1922, flood in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
The Fall River in Hot Springs on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
The Fall River in Hot Springs on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


The Fall River on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
The Fall River on August 3, 1922. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
The walls along the Fall River in Hot Springs were damaged by the flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
The walls along the Fall River in Hot Springs, SD, were damaged by the flood. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Damage along the Fall River in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Damage along the Fall River in Hot Springs, SD. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


April 9, 1924, flood on Belle Fourche River near Belle Fourche

Flooding in Belle Fourche occurred on April 9, 1924. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Flooding in Belle Fourche, SD, occurred on April 9, 1924. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
More than 150 people were displaced during the 1924 flood in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
More than 150 people were displaced during the 1924 flood in Belle Fourche, SD. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Many homes and businesses were flooded. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Many homes and businesses in Belle Foruche, SD, were flooded in 1924. This photograph shows the W.W. Wood Lumber Yard and a hotel where waters reached the second floor. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The 1924 flood set a high water mark that was 3 feet higher than previously registered. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The 1924 flood set a high water mark that was 3 feet higher than previously registered. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The 16-foot wall of water touched the floor of the Belle View bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The 16-foot wall of water touched the floor of the Belle View bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Belle Fourche River flooded many homes and businesses in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Belle Fourche River flooded many homes and businesses in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Belle Fourche Round-Up grounds were flooded with three feet of water over the arena. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Belle Fourche Round-Up grounds were flooded with three feet of water over the arena. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


This railway near Belle Fourche was severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
This railway near Belle Fourche was severely damaged. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The destruction in Belle Fourche amounted to more than $100,000. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The destruction in Belle Fourche, SD, amounted to more than $100,000. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Fifty-two housed were damaged or destroyed. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Fifty-two housed were damaged or destroyed. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


bottom of this bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Flood waters reached the bottom of this bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Houses were washed off their foundations. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Houses were washed off their foundations in Belle Fourche, SD. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


The roofs of houses stuck out of the water. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The roofs of houses in Belle Fourche, SD, stuck out of the water. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


A peak flow of 22,400 cubic feet per second was measured on April 9, 1924, at station 06435500 (Belle Fourche River near Belle Fourche) (used with permission).
A peak flow of 22,400 cubic feet per second was measured on April 9, 1924, at station 06435500 (Belle Fourche River near Belle Fourche) (used with permission).
The cause of the flood was rain on top of snowmelt of 5 feet of snow. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The cause of the flood was rain on top of snowmelt of 5 feet of snow. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
High water. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
High water. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The flood blocked sewers, washed out water lines and telephone services, and ruined roads. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The flood blocked sewers, washed out water lines and telephone services, and ruined roads. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Roofs of houses above the flood waters. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Roofs of houses above the flood waters. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Roundup bridge, railroad bridge, and the Fruitdale bridge were destroyed by the flood. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Roundup bridge, railroad bridge, and the Fruitdale bridge were destroyed by the flood. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The 16-foot wall of water touched the floor of the Belle View bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The 16-foot wall of water touched the floor of the Belle View bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


Damage to the Black Hills Round Up grounds was estimated at $5,000. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Damage to the Black Hills Round Up grounds was estimated at $5,000. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
This picture was taken from the top of the Court House in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
This picture was taken from the top of the Court House in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
High water. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
High water. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


The disaster brought the National Red Cross. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The disaster brought the National Red Cross. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Belleview bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Belleview bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


Roof tops barely visible above the flood waters. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Roof tops barely visible above the flood waters. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Belle Fourche River flooded many homes and businesses in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The Belle Fourche River flooded many homes and businesses in Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Flood waters touched the bottom of the bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Flood waters touched the bottom of the bridge. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The W.W. Wood Lumber Yards located at the north end of Fifth Avenue was a floating whirlpool with lumber drifting away. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
The W.W. Wood Lumber Yards located at the north end of Fifth Avenue was a floating whirlpool with lumber drifting away. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


Flood debris along the Belle Fourche River. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Flood debris along the Belle Fourche River. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Additional damages occurred along the river valleys to farm properties. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Additional damages occurred along the river valleys to farm properties. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Another photograph of houses inudated by flood waters. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).
Another photograph of houses inudated by flood waters. Photograph courtesy of Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD (used with permission).


Flood waters damaged this car during an August 8, 1918, flood in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesty of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Photograph of flood waters. The 1922 flood disaster raised concerns about flood control for the city of Belle Fourche. Photograph courtesty of James O. Aplan, Antiques & Art, Piedmont, SD (used with permission).
Photograph of flood waters inundating buildings on April 9, 1924. After the flood, a dike was built along the river. Photograph courtesty of James O. Aplan, Antiques & Art, Piedmont, SD (used with permission).
Photograph of flood waters inundating buildings on April 9, 1924. After the flood, a dike was built along the river. Photograph courtesty of James O. Aplan, Antiques & Art, Piedmont, SD (used with permission).

June 19-20, 1927, flood in the Hot Springs area


A car was washed into the flood waters of the June 19-20, flood on the Fall River near Hot Springs. Two people drown in Cold Brooks when the flood waters swept their car from a bridge. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
A car was washed into the flood waters of the June 19-20, flood on the Fall River near Hot Springs. Two people drown in Cold Brook when the flood waters swept their car from a bridge. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


June 30, 1927, flood in the Hot Springs area


Minor flooding occurred in Hot Springs on June 30, 1927, along the Fall River. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Minor flooding occurred in Hot Springs on June 30, 1927, along the Fall River. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
People watched the flood waters flow over a bridge in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
People watched the flood waters flow over a bridge in Hot Springs. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Flood waters flow over a bridge in Hot Springs as a car approaches. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Flood waters flow over a bridge in Hot Springs as a car approaches. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).


A car was washed into the flood waters of the June 19-20, flood on the Fall River near Hot Springs. Two people drown in Cold Brooks when the flood waters swept their car from a bridge. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).
Runoff cascades down a cliff to the Fall River. Photograph courtesy of Fall River County Historical Society (used with permission).

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