Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Scenery

I've missed a couple weeks of Lee's Sunday Scenery meme for one reason or another but thought this Sunday I'd jump back into things with this shot of the historic Cargill Falls in Putnam, Connecticut. Putnam is located in the "Quiet Corner" of the state and is also home to Day Kimball Hospital where I was born almost 51 years ago.

About three years prior to the September day of my birth, the look of Cargill Falls changed drastically when the Quinebaug River overflowed its banks and flooded Putnam. The Quinebaug was hit with a one-two punch from both Hurricane Connie and Hurricane Diane when both passed through Connecticut within days of each other during the third week of August. On August 19th, 1955 the flood waters ripped through Putnam causing a factory fire and nearly $6 million in damages while changing not just the look of Cargill Falls but of Putnam itself.

As a kid these falls always fascinated me but I had no idea of the history behind them or of the changes that were brought about in 1955 due to the fury of Mother Nature but if I had, I think I would have been even more fascinated.

Hey, Boukie, you're a Putnam boy now, got anything to add to this??

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shot of the falls, Duchess Linda. You captured the motion of the river.

    So many similarities between our areas- the Flood of '55 was an incredible natural disaster around here and people still talk about it.

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  2. beautiful photo linda, and interesting history lesseon

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  3. I love water photo's of anykind and that is a great one.

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  4. i love how you are really getting out there with the camera! no grass growing under your feet honey!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  5. That would be tough to negotiate in a canoe.

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  6. I'm very tempted to come visit you in CT so you can show me all these sites in person...as I have a feeling that even your superb photography skills don't give it justice. ;)

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  7. That's quite the raging water!

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  8. That's a great shot Linda! :)

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  9. Connecticut just doesn't seem like a "hurricane" state to this midwest boy, much less having to endure a one-two punch of double hurricanes.
    You have a fascinating way of telling local history and I really think you should do a local history book - with your pictures and fascinating stories like this.

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  10. Travis had the same impression I did. The river looks so wild. It will be good to see it in the summer.

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  11. Wow! I can almost hear the roar!

    I can't type much, because my keyboard is broken. It only types about every other letter. It's taking me forever to comment and it is very frustrating!

    But I wanted to let you know I've moved my blog! A fresh start!

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  12. I've missed you! Sorry to be gone for so long, but it's nice to come back to see your beautiful photos again. I'll be back as much as possible, promise.

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  13. Oh, it's beautiful Linda! I LOVE it. :)

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  14. Wow Linda, wish I would'a known you were up in Putnam! I recognized the falls right away though. Actually I've been a Putnam boy since 8th grade, when my Memere passed away and we moved to Putnam so my Mom could take care of my Pepere. My Pepere was actually on the rooftop of the Belding Mill during the flood of '55, which is further up the river by Providence St. He was the mill foreman, and was trying to fight the magnesium barrel fires which were floating down the river with a garden hose, lol. Maybe that's where I get my firefighting from?

    Anyways, just a little extra tidbit. The Quinebaug river once snaked throught the town of Putnam, but after the flood of '55 they straightened the river out and put three dams in, two up by Providence St., and the one you see in your photo. Several neighborhoods were washed away, and some streets ceased to exist. When I was in Putnam Fire several years ago, we were constructing a training tower in the back of the station by the river, and the truck digging the holes for the support poles actually hit an old foundation!

    Also the village of "Mechanicsville" in West Thompson(just up the river from Putnam) sits at the bottom of the West Thompson Resevoir, which they put underwater when the West Thompson Dam was put in. You can still see an old road, and washed out bridge supports when you go there! Ok, enough of me babbling. Great post Linda!!!

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  15. What a wild history of your native town. I cannot picture CT being struck by a hurricane. Next time I look we may have one in NE Ohio :o)

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  16. I like that pic...but it looks cold there for some reason.

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