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Severe Thunderstorms, Heavy Rainfall, And Flooding Possible Over The Plains; Typhoon Bualoi Approaches The CNMI

A storm system will bring the potential for severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes over the south central U.S. into Monday. Heavy rainfall may also lead to flash flooding. The system will shift toward the eastern U.S. on Tuesday. Over the western Pacific, Typhoon Bualoi will intensify and impact the northern Marianna Islands over the next couple of days. Read More >

Republican River Flood of May 30, 1935

 

 This website is dedicated to preserving the history of the Republican River Flood of 1935.

 

All known resources about the flood are listed here. If there are any resources not listed below, please let us know.

 

Books

  • Bluff-To-Bluff, The 1935 Republican Valley Flood, by Marlene Harvey Wilmot, published by Wilmot Ventures, Greeley, Colorado, 1995. 
     
  • Bluff-To-Bluff, Too! The 1935 Republican Valley Flood, by Marlene Harvey Wilmot, published by Wilmot Ventures, Greeley, Colorado, 1996. 
     
  • Swept Away, compiled by Mary L. Sherk, printed by Prairie Print, Broomfield, Colorado, 1989. 
     
  • High Water Mark by Raymond Borchers, published by Raymond Borchers, printed by Accent Printing, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1983. 
     
  • Forty Years Against the Tide A Washington Memoir by Carl T. Curtis and Regis Courtemanche; Regnery Gateway, Inc., 1986.
     
  • Back Trail Disaster by V. S. Fitzpatrick, published by Adams Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1986.
     
  • Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991 by Thomas A. Grazulis printed by St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films, 1993.
     
Marlene Wilmot and Lloyd Harvey Raymond Borchers

Newspapers

  1. The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle, Benkelman, NE, Friday, June 7, 1935.  (14MB pdf)

  2. The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle Souvenir Flood Edition, Benkelman, NE, June 7-14-21, 1935.  (81MB pdf)

  3. Memories of the Millennium - a Supplement to the Burlington Record - Memories of the 1935 Flood, Burlington, CO. Thursday June, 24, 2010 . Courtesty of the Burlington Record.  (5.5MB pdf).

  4. Colby Free Press, Wednesday, June 5, 1935 (pdf).

  5. Colby Free Press, June 19, 1935 (pdf).  

  6. Denver Post, June 2, 1935 (pdf).

  7. Guide Rock Signal, June 6, 1935.

  8. Lincoln Journal, June 6, 1935.

  9. McCook Daily Gazette, May 31, 1935 (pdf).

  10. McCook Daily Gazette, June 1, 1935 #284 (pdf).

  11. McCook Daily Gazette, June 1, 1935 #285 (pdf).

  12. McCook Daily Gazette, June 2, 1935 (pdf).

  13. McCook Daily Gazette, Monday, June 3, 1935.

  14. McCook Gazette, When the Power Came to the People, Monday, January 28, 2002.

  15. McCook Gazette, 1935 Republican River Flood - Trenton, Monday, June 27, 2005.

  16. McCook Gazette, The Flood of 1935, Saturday, June 24, 2006.

  17. McCook GazetteThe Water Actually RoaredSaturday, June 24, 2006.

  18. McCook Gazette, Early Radio Days in McCook, Monday, February 5, 2007.

  19. McCook Gazette, The Man in the Famous Photo, Monday, September 10, 2007.

  20. McCook Republican, June 7, 1935 (3.7 MB pdf).

  21. McCook Tribune, Friday, May 31, 1935 (pdf)

  22. McCook Tribune, Saturday, June 1, 1935, page 1 (pdf), page 2 (pdf)

  23. McCook Tribune, Sunday, June 2, 1935 (pdf)

  24. McCook Tribune, Monday, June 3, 1935 page 1 (pdf), page 2 (pdf).

  25. McCook Tribune, June 17, 1935. (pdf)

  26. Omaha-World Herald June 4, 1935 (16.4MB pdf)

  27. Omaha-World Herald June 5, 1935 (16.4MB pdf)

  28. Omaha-World Herald June 6, 1935 (6.6 MB pdf)

  29. Omaha-World Herald June 7, 1935 (9.5 MB pdf)

  30. Omaha-World Herald June 8, 1935 (10.6 MB pdf)

  31. Omaha-World Herald June 10, 1935 (7 MB pdf)

  32. Omaha-World Herald June 11, 1935 (10 MB pdf)

  33. Omaha-World Herald May 28, 1985 (pdf)

  34. Omaha-World Herald, 1935 Flood Souvenir Edition (4.9 MB pdf)

  35. Stratton News, Stratton, NE June 6, 1935 (5 MB pdf)

  36. Stratton News, Stratton, NE June 13, 1935 (13.1 MB pdf)

  37. Stratton News, Stratton, NE June 20, 1935 (2.5 MB pdf)

  38. The Siebert Settler, Friday, June 7, 1935.

  39. Trenton Register, Friday, March 22, 1935. (Dust storms before the flood).

  40. The Wray Gazette, Wray, Colorado, Thursday, June 6, 1935.

  41. The Wray Gazette, Wray, Colorado, Thursday, June 13, 1935, page 1.

  42. The Wray Gazette, Wray, Colorado, Thursday, June 27, 1935, page 1.

Websites

  1. United States Bureau of Reclamation - Bostwick Division

  2. United States Bureau of Reclamation - Frenchman Cambridge Division

  3. A Story of Highway Development in Nebraska Ch 3: The Great Depression (pdf) - from Nebraska Library Commission (NLC)
       
  4. Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Dundy County (pdf) - from Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS)

  5. The Republican River Flood of 1935 - from NSHS Highway Marker Project

  6. History of Red Willow County - from UNL, Virtual Nebraska

  7. Dundy County- from Nebraska Memories (NLC)

  8. The Memories of Louis F. Wolf  - from Red Willow County - NEGen Web Project

  9. Stone Quarries and Beyond, by Peggy B. and Pat Perazzo

    (https://quarriesandbeyond.org/states/ks/ks-ft_riley_milt_res_1896.html#rep_valley)

  10. Josiah and His Family 

  11. A. Zeno Shindler American Indian Photograph Collection - Republican Pawnee   

Other Resources 

  1. Field Guide to the Geology of the Harlan County Lake Area, Harlan County, Nebraska – with a History of Events Leading to Construction of Harlan County Dam. University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2002.
  2. Nebraskaland, June 1971, “Great Flood of 1935” by Warren Spencer
  3. Flood on Republican and Kansas Rivers May and June 1935 by Robert Follansbee and J.B. Spiegel (contribution to the hydrology of the Unites States, 1937 pages 21-52) published by the United States Printing Office Washington 1937.
  4. McCook Field Office, US Bureau of Reclamation, 1706 West 3rd Street, McCook, NE, 69001.
  5. Kit Carson County and Its Cattlemen; Kit Carson County Cattlemen Association 1963
  6. History of Kit Carson County, Colorado by Kit Carson County History Book Committee
  7. Stratton News, February 28, 1935 as quoted in Hitchcock County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. XII, No 2, April, 1980.
  8. Hitchcock County History – The Republican Valley Flood of 1935 by Amy Taylor Stolte
  9. R. George Corner, Collection Manager, DVP, University of Nebraska Science Museum.
  10. Bruce Crosby, Editor of the McCook Gazette – for research leading to newspaper articles and photos included in this study.
  11. The Great Flood of 1935 by Bonny Gould from the Bonny Dam Dedication Brochure, June 1, 1952
  12. Disaster Medicine by David E. Hogan, Jonathan L. Burstein (Editors) – page 218  
  13. Fidler, Helen C. The Republican River Flood and Tornado of 1935. Imperial, NE: Self Published, 2004.