by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
Looking through HCHM’s photo collection for flood photos, there seemed to be a number of the Ash Street Bridge over time. Sand Creek has flooded multiple times in Newton’s history, and the Ash Street bridge over the Sand Creek has been damage many times. The old bridge was completely replaced following the flood of June 1965.
Sand Creek on a Tear! the Ash Street Bridge
May 1899 Flood
May 1902 Flood
June 1904 Flood
The devastation following the June 1904 flood was overwhelming to Harvey County residents. The Evening Kansan Republican (June 3, 1904) noted;
“Sand Creek, the despise and ridiculed, spread over its banks and overflowed the north end, for once a raging, destruction-dealing current.”
To read stories about the impact county-wide follow the link – Sand Creek Flood 1904.
The Flood of June 1904 was particularly hard on Newton’s bridges.
At the July 8, 1904 meeting of the city commissioners it was reported that
“the West First, West Broadway and West Twelfth street bridges are now in good shape . . . work on the Ash Street bridge will be commenced by Contractor Lewelled and his men as soon as the weather will permit.”
June 6, 1916 Flood
Alarming, but did not reach the “former record.”
July 10, 1929 Flood
The Ash Street Bridge – 1954 & 1965
June 1965 Flood
Construction, Ash Street Bridge, 1967
Reconstruction of Ash Street Bridge, October 2012.