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Cañon City Record, July 22, 1915




The big rain Thursday afternoon about 3:30 flooded Main street with volumes upon volumes of water, with the center of the flood between the Nowels Mercantile company and Mitchell & Egbers’ drug store at Sixth and Main.

At Mitchell & Egbers’ corner it was necessary for a large force to get out and sweep the water out into the middle of the street off of the sidewalk. It threatened for a time to enter the interior of the store.

All of the Mitchell & Egbers force coupled with that of the men from the Canon grocery, with Ted Harding and some of his men, worked for over half an hour. The water at one time was over a foot deep.

Alf Mitchell, with his pants up to his knees and a pair of shoes four sizes too large for him, Lloyd Egbers, Will Carison, Hall Morrison, Lorn Wiggins, Clark Nesbit, R. G. Nesbit, R. J. Craig, C. E. Smith, W. W. Sullivan and many other volunteers labored valiantly to keep the water in its proper course.

Large crowds gathered both during the rain and afterwards, the crowd growing as the rain ceased, to watch the unusual sight. Paul Bartlett, the omnipresent photographer, Harry Hyssong and several others got on the job with kodaks and Anscos and took pictures of the scene.

Perhaps Canon City has never seen such a rain in ten years. The peculiar fact that it would rain for a few minutes from the east and then start from the west immediately was commented on by many.

The rains storm which struck Canon City on Thursday afternoon was quite severe and for half an hour or more almost the entire area of the city was drenched with torrents of rainfall. Nearly an inch, or 97-100 inches of rain, to be exact, fell during the downpour.

The storm center seemed to be between Sand creek and Seventh street and as especially violent in the north end of town, where it seemed to be a veritable water spout, transforming the streets and alleys into little rivers, running over the ditch bridges with sheets of water so deep that not a bit of the planking was visible.

The light hall and the lightning, which accompanied the storm for a short time, did no damage other than to cause every mother’s duck to seek shelter.

The rain broke the very dry spell we have been having, that required the ditches for irrigation to be kept at capacity height, so that they could relieve the situation for a time, through fortunately the flood of water crossing caused no breaks.

About this time of the summer the rainy season in the mountains sets in with a shower each day.

Around Colorado Springs and from their[sic] to Fountain the storm was unusually severe. A heavy hail storm struck the Springs and caused a great deal of damage. Five miles west of Florence it was necessary to get a road gang on the job to repair the damages done there.

Wetmore experienced a heavy rain which did no damage and was invaluable to the farmers there. Park Center had a good rain, the second in the past few days, and was needed badly. Copper Gulch experience a good rain and the top of the Royal Gorge experienced just a slight one.    

Group of unidentified men working to prevent flooding of the Mitchell and Egbers Drug store building on 6th Street and Main Street in Cañon City, July 22, 1915. Object ID: 2001.235.063; Copyright Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center
Group of unidentified men working to prevent flooding of the Mitchell and Egbers Drug store building on 6th Street and Main Street in Cañon City, July 22, 1915. Object ID: 2001.235.062; Copyright Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center

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