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This etching depicts the route of the flood that devastated the villages of Williamsburg, Skinnerville, Haydenville and Leeds, Massachusetts. The floodwave dumped most of its contents (including several dozen bodies) on the Florence meadows, shown at the bottom of the picture. In the upper lefthand corner, in the town of Goshen, are visible two reservoirs which were part of the network of reservoirs owned by the same mill owners who built the failed Williamsburg reservoir. It was these waterpower systems that made New England manufacturing so successful. Three weeks after the flood "Harpers Weekly" published an article and several detailed pictures of the disaster for its large national audience.


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"Mill River Calamity" from "Harper's Weekly"

publisher   Harper & Brothers
illustrator   Theodore R. Davis
date   Jun 6, 1874
location   New York, New York
height   13.5"
width   9.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Illustration
accession #   #L05.013

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See Also...

"Daily Graphic" newspaper illustration- 'Birdseye View of the Williamsburgh Reservior with the Ruined Dam'

"True Heroes" article from scrapbook kept by Celia M. Kimball

"Terrible Horror" article from the Journal of Industry newspaper

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