Flashback Minis: The Great Flood of 1913

WARREN, Ohio– One of the most wide spread natural disasters in the country which affected more than 14 states was the great flood of 1913. Over the course of three days, the City of Warren would receive 6 to 11 inches of rain causing the Mahoning River to flood.

This photograph, which makes its home at the Trumbull County Historical Society’s Morgan History Center shows the old Market Street bridge during the flood.

The photo also shows a barn that was swept off of the Perkins estate and carried downriver, ultimately becoming stuck on the bridge. Fearing damage would be caused to the bridge, the police and fire chief of Warren decided to set the barn on fire to dislodge it. However, that plan would backfire as the metal bridge also caught fire and melted.

A new stone bridge, still in place today, was built to replace the old one.

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