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The Trinity River, 1908

A Friend of Unfair Park this morning was browsing the Library of Congress's archives and came across this Henry Clogenson photo of the Trinity River in 1908 -- "the flood of record," as Schutze describes it. So happens Jim has been making open records demands from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding this very flood, as the Dallas City Council was recently shown elevation numbers from this particular flood and told that it didn't rise as high as the current levee system.

Which doesn't make sense to Schutze (I know, what does?), who reminds there was no levee system at all when this flood occurred. "So the question is," he says, "if you squeeze this much water between the current levees, wouldn't it go up much, much higher than it did when it was spread out from approximately where the Adolphus is now to Oak Cliff?" Oh, Jim. Me, I just like the picture. Especially this version.

Update at 3:15 p.m.: So happens that the KERA-TV crew is working on a mammoth Trinity River project -- a multimedia piece with a documentary set to make a soft launch on the Web site at the end of the month, matter of fact, with a proper debut sometime in the fall. KERA associate producer Gila Espinoza, who's been gathering the photos for this expansive project, says, yes, this was indeed taken on the east side of the Trinity looking toward Oak Cliff, and, yes, that's the old Commerce Street bridge. Which means our friend Bill Holston's right in the comments, when he says the photo was taken from the Old Red.

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Robert Wilonsky
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