A portion of Shelbyville during a 1949 flood. (Photo submitted by Donna Farrar)
Here's the first of what will be an ongoing occasional series of photos of a flood which hit Shelbyville on Jan. 5-6, 1949.
This is a good view of a large portion of Shelbyville. It's possible that none of the buildings or homes pictured exist today, removed during the 1960s urban renewal project. They're far before my time.
But, based on old photos I've seen since starting this blog - and on that fact the topography of the area looks the same as today, I'm guessing that this was shot from atop one of the buildings on the west side of the square looking northwest. I'm expecting one or more readers to pinpoint some of the locations.
As almost always, go here for a larger view.
Period newspaper accounts said this flood wasn't as damaging as the 1948 flood which has had far more publicity. It did leave behind "several hundred thousand dollars" in damage, which would likely equal several million in today's dollars.
Also mentioned was that Narrows Road was the nearest way to get across to the south side of Shelbyville, indicating Duck River didn't reach the Highway 82 bridge out Kingree Road. We've had one flood this century - 2004, I think - when Narrows did the same duty.
Parts of Shelbyville have changed so much compared to older portions of surrounding towns.
Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.