My dad was born in '25 in Rison, Ar-Kansas and he always said he could remember when they loaded all of their possessions in wagons and drove the livestock south to Mer Rouge, La. If not for that flood, I would have been an Arkansan.
TupeloTiger LSU Fan Tupelo,Ms.[via Bastrop,La.] Member since Jul 2004 3167 posts
re: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927(Posted by TupeloTiger on 2/15/13 at 10:12 am to Zach)
I grew up 5 miles from that area,heard all about it all my life,have seen many pictures in newspaper stories in local papers several times. The people got flooded in the low areas as well as cattle and deer,wild hogs,etc. They all camped out on what is known as Red Hill in tents. My own great uncle and greatgrandfather camped on the hill with hundreds of people. I've seen the pictures and walked on the area. That area is now a lot of old wood houses on the left side and upscale houses on the North side. I have a cousin and neice that live in that subdivision. The children of some of the rich farmers have 2 story homes there,now. The Hill rises about 20 feet when you drive on it. You can see where the water stopped and people camped until it receded and ran off. The Corps of Engineers started building levees after that to stop the flooding as we now have that protection. This is all on the West side of the Miss. River for about 40 miles. The right side in Mississippi is where the TV documentary and the book talk about where all the slave decendents gathered together and nearly starved, until some Vicksburg plantation owners helped them. Good story. Good history to read or watch.
One of those history books you just can't put down. It covers the idiocy involved with trying to control the Mississippi and the stories of blacks and whites and the difference in their respective experiences particularly in Greenville, Ms. Also covers the story of how the people of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish got screwed.
My Dad was born in Plaucheville, La. and remembered the flood,. He would have been about 6 at the time. The water got to just under the floor of the house. The house was about 3 fett above the ground. I was surprised to read in the book that a family of 9 just disappeared when the flood waters hit their house and simply rolled over and was totally destroyed. They were never found. This happened in Plaucheville. I highly recommend this book.