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The Great Flood of 1937

One of the worst floods in American history began in the Ohio River Valley in late January 1937.  And of all the cities along the Ohio, Louisville was the worst hit.  Over 19 inches of rain during January left more than 60% of the city under water and without power during the cold weeks at the end of January and beginning of February 1937.  The present Old Louisville neighborhood did not escape.  Only the higher portions of Third Street and the high ground around Central Park escaped the waters.

1937 Flood in the Library - Broadway area  
"Central Residence Section Showing City
Library and Office Buildings
in Background
Louisville, Ky., 1937 Flood" 

1937 Flood 4th & St Catherine  
"Flood Scene at 4th Avenue Looking North
Louisville, Ky."
(between Breckinridge & Kentucky)

1937 Flood, War Memorial Auditorium
"Flood Scene at at War Memorial Building, 4th and Kentucky
Louisville, Ky." 

1937 Flood, 1st & Breckinridge Streets
"First and Breckinridge Sts.
Louisville, Ky., 1937 Flood" 


Vintage Postcard Views of Louisville

Old Louisville 
     Second Street  
     Third Avenue  
     Fourth Avenue  
     St James Court  
     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
     The 1937 Flood  

Louisville (the rest of the city)
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  
     The Old Court House  
     City Hall
     East to West along Broadway 
     The Seelbach Hotel  
     Railroad Stations   
     Without extended descriptions:
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   


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