Harrisburg floods

This exhibit examines images of flooding in the late 18th century in the city of harrisburg. Being along the banks of the Susquehanna river the city of Harrisburg has always been plagued by flooding. At anytime the river could rise and water could inundate much of the city. This collection of images gives a greater sence of the extent of these floods. Particularly the flood of 1889 which was one of the worst in the history of the city. Great floods can be found scattered throughout the city records but floods in 1889 and 1894 rank third and fourth in highest recorded water level. These images capture the devestation of the 1889 flood and give a sence to the 1894 flood.