The Devastating Denver Flood of 1864

On May 19, 1864 – Cherry Creek did the unthinkable, it flooded, boy howdy how it flooded, causing distruction to the city of Denver on a grand scale. At the time, Colorado was experiencing an abnormally wet spring and it had rained unceasingly for days. At one point storms produced hail as “large as hen’s eggs” for one full hour. Ranchers had already endured the loss of sheep and cows, however, the likelihood of the dry creek bed suddenly becoming a wild torrent of water was not even concidered a possibility. As the city of Denver was unprepared for this occurance, the sudden flood lead to a loss of property determined to range over one million dollars.

Listen to readings of some newspaper articles about the flood – both historic and modern, and put yourself in the shoes of the Coloradans of that time.

To learn more about the flood of 1864, and so many other historical events in Colorado’s history, check out the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection – . You’ll be glad you did!

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