Two photos of flooding in Shelbyville on Friday, Feb. 1, 1957, as published in that day's Times-Gazette.
I'd guess most of you (myself included) are too young to remember the pre-floodgate days when floods were common in the area roughly around the areas near today's police headquarters-Big Springs Shopping Center area up to North Main Street.
The urban renewal project when the floodgate was built transformed much of Shelbyville.
Here's a look at Shelbyville on Friday, Feb. 1, 1957, when high waters hit. The top photo shows an area, then North Spring Street, that looks to me to be about where the back of the buildings on the east side of Big Springs Shopping Center are today. What I'll call the "lowlands" in that area were then a mix of homes and businesses, according to photos I've seen.
High water still affects the Wartrace Pike area, even though I can't remember seeing the road closed in recent years. The photo looks like it was shot looking east toward the Bethany Lane-Coney Island Road intersection.
Picturing the Past is a regular feature of this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.