Dayton’s Carillon Park Unveils “The Great 1913 Flood” Exhibit

Our Weekend Picks.pngFor our Go! Weekend Pick this week, you’ll need to make your way to Dayton’s Carillon Park where, this Sunday, March 23, 2013, its permanent “The Great 1913 Flood” exhibit will be unveiled on the 100 year anniversary of the flood that affected the entire Ohio River Valley.

For those who are unaware of the magnitude and far-reaching effect of that flood, bear in mind these numbers:

  • At the worst of the flood, 14 square miles of downtown Dayton was under 10 feet of swiftly moving water. Many of the original historical buildings in the urban core of the town were destroyed beyond repair.
  • Employees of the NCR (National Cash Register) company built nearly 300 flat-bottomed boats that were used to save thousands of people who had become stranded on their roof top or the upper floor of their home.
  • Even with this extensive rescue effort, over 360 people died.
  • Nearly 1,400 horses died.
  • Approximately 20,000 homes were destroyed.
  • Property damage to homes and businesses, was over $100 million in 1913 dollars (roughly $2 billion in today’s dollars.)
  • It took approximately one year for the clean-up and rebuilding efforts to be completed after the flood.
  • Over $2 million (1913) dollars were contributed by local citizens to fund a comprehensive flood protection plan that would spare the region from further devastation. Those monies were used to create the Miami Conservancy District, headed at the time by Arthur Morgan, an exceptional hydrological engineer.
  • The flood management system put in place by the Miami Conservancy District was created to withstand 140% of the amount water that occurred in the 1913 flood.
  • Since its implementation, the plan of dams, causeways and levees put in place by the Miami Conservancy District has protected the region 1700 times from additional flooding events.

In “The Great Flood Building” at Carillon Park a person will find the opportunity to view original artifacts and experience multi-media presentations that bring to life the story of the flood and survival of its aftermath. Visitors will squeeze into a small attic space like those who were escaping the rising waters and then they will climb into a boat similar to those built by the NCR employees.

Photo Murals, text panels and artifacts accompanied by special effects re-create the story of the event that forever changed the region’s landscape and brought together the city in a solid spirit of community.

Interested in seeing this ongoing exhibit? Here are the particulars:
Where: Carillon Historical Park, 100 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH
When: Opening Saturday, March 23 and ongoing. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission: $8 for adults, (ages 18-59), $7 for seniors, $5 per child ages 3 to 17. Dayton History members are free.