100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Flooding In Colorado

Cherry Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River and forms a junction with the South Platte river about 200 above Denver, Colorado.

On July 14, 1912 2 inches of rain fell on Denver between 3:30pm and 6:30pm, 1.72 inches in 30 minutes. It caused a rise of about 3 feet in the South Platte and between 8:30pm and 9:30pm the water came down Cherry Creek with a rush. The water was about 2 feet above the floors of the bridges that cross the stream in the downtown districts, and in the vicinity of the Union Depot it was from 2 to 3 feet deep. The maximum height attained was about 11 feet. Sand and silt were deposited to a depth of several inches and damage was reported to crops, gardens, parks, streets, bridges, buildings, and to merchandise stored in the basements of buildings in the wholesale district. 2 lives were lost and several persons were injured.

Edge of Capitol Hill – Denver Flood
July 14, 1912


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