David Melson

Picturing the Past 148: Flooded area

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 3:42 PM
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  • Great picture from the 49 flood. I am looking forward to seeing the others as well.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Feb 29, 2012, at 6:53 AM
  • I remember this flood well. The national guard used the big trucks to move our family out. The water was up to the bed of the trucks when they backed up to our front porch.My mother said she was awakened by water running through her bed. The water got up to six feet in our living room. The only things we saved were fridge, stove, and clothing. I also lost my simplex motor bike but as it would not float I think someone needed it more than me. I would like to see pictures of the big springs area before urban renewal

    -- Posted by ifitis on Wed, Feb 29, 2012, at 2:11 PM
  • I just can't place the location, and I hope that someone will remember. I do remember the area that flooded but when I see the buildings, I just go blank. My father had the Texaco Service Station on N. Main Street, but I know that the station in the picture was not his. I also see a church in the picture, and I don't remember it, either. Of course, I was very young at the time.

    -- Posted by cookie on Thu, Mar 1, 2012, at 8:20 AM
  • The Texaco station in the lower left hand corner of the picture was on Bridge Street, which ran between the current Regions Bank building and the offices of Bobo, White, Hunt and Nance, and was operated by Otis and Clayton Arnold. The white house to the upper right in the big pool of water is where Mr. Simon Warner lived, or had his buisness, and where the Chamber of Commerce building now stands, it was just south of the railroad and faced West on, I believe, Atkinson Street. A drive went in beside the railroad to the small houses behind Mr. Warners house. I was in the guard at the time and helped move those people out. When we carried the funiture out the water was about even with the front porch.

    -- Posted by walrite on Thu, Mar 1, 2012, at 10:16 AM
  • David...believe you're correct on positioning--shooting from the square, looking NW. Comparing this picture with the one from the 1948 flood [at http://tnsos.org/tsla/imagesearch/index....

    (...click on page 8, and scroll down to pics 24558, 59)], I see many of the same landmarks, including my grandparents' house, formerly at the corner of Atkinson & West Lane. The late 40s was a mighty nasty time for this part of Shelbyville. And to think that barely 10 years later, the "urban renewal" project had transformed the area almost totally...wonder how long that'd take to happen today...probably some spider or salamander unique to the area that'd put things on hold for a couple decades!

    -- Posted by dkd57 on Thu, Mar 1, 2012, at 10:25 AM
  • I ran across this today- On March 16,1843- A major Snow storm from Gulf of Mexico to Maine dumped 21 in. of snow on Shelbyville. In Maury Co. All farming was suspened for 6 weeks.

    Could it happen again? Yes, But I pray not.

    -- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 2:39 PM
  • I just read what cookie wrote about the picture and even though I was young at the time I do remember a church. I don't know what street it was on (too many years have passed) but my father said it was one of the first black churches in Shelbyville. If I'm wrong, someone correct me please.

    -- Posted by Number25 on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 4:20 PM
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