Downtown Harrison, Arkansas the morning of May 7, 1961, looking south from the northwest corner of the square.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 7, 1961, Harrison, Arkansas suffered what J.E. Dunlap would later describe as "its worst catastrophe since the birth of the city 85 years earlier on March 1, 1876."
According to the American Red Cross, four lives were lost, 80 percent of the town's business district was destroyed, and over 300 buildings were damaged or destroyed in losses exceeding $5.4 million when waters from Crooked Creek raged through the town in what the Army Corps of Engineers labeled a "100-Year-Flood."
The Boone County Heritage Museum has a huge file of information on the 1961 flood, complete with many pictures, stories and articles. A few online samples from this collection are provided below.
For more information on this important event in Boone County's history, contact us or stop by and spend an afternoon at the museum.