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Black and white photograph of flood at Chaska, 1965

Chaska flood

Flood at Chaska, 1965. Photographed by Les Melchert.

Black and white photograph of Pine and First Streets, Chaska

Pine and First Streets, Chaska

Flood at Chaska, 1965. Pine and First Streets, Chaska. Photographed by Les Melchert and Werner Studio.

Black and white photograph of the rebuilding dikes in Chaska during flood of 1965. Photographed by Werner Studio, April 10, 1965.

Rebuilding dikes in Chaska

Rebuilding dikes in Chaska during flood of 1965. Photographed by Werner Studio, April 10, 1965.

Black and white photograph of flood at Chaska, 1965.

Flood at Chaska

Flood at Chaska, 1965.

Flooding in Carver County, 1965

In April 1965, the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers crested at record levels, flooding cities and towns across the Upper Midwest. The disaster was especially evident in Chaska and Carver, where the Minnesota River reached its highest-recorded local level on April 12. While much of the two communities was severely damaged, residents pulled together to save the new Carver County courthouse.

Painting of the prairie just beyond the north side of Fort Snelling, c.1847. Painting by Seth Eastman.

Prairie north of Fort Snelling

Prairie just beyond the north side of Fort Snelling, c.1847. Painting by Seth Eastman.

Black and white photograph of National Guardsmen searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890. The men at left are standing in the Sea Wing’s attached barge, Jim Grant. The Lake City steamer Ethel Howard is in the background.

National Guardsmen searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Sea Wing

National Guardsmen searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890. The men at left are standing in the Sea Wing’s attached barge, Jim Grant. The Lake City steamer Ethel Howard is in the background.

Black and white photograph of rescue workers searching for bodies in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890.

Rescue workers at the wreckage of the Sea Wing, Lake Pepin

Rescue workers searching for bodies in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890.

Sea Wing Disaster

The July 13, 1890, capsizing of the steamer Sea Wing on Lake Pepin and the deaths of ninety-eight of its passengers horrified Minnesota and the nation. The accident ranks among the most deadly on America’s inland waterways.

Black and white photograph of Tennessee Street during flood, 1952.

Tennessee Street during flood

Tennessee Street during flood, 1952.

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