Heppner, Shortly After the 1903 Flood


Heppner, Shortly After the 1903 Flood - Sigsbee

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On June 14, 1903, a flash flood destroyed much of Heppner's residential area, taking about 250 lives in the deadliest natural disaster in Oregon's history. This view, created by Heppner photographer Bert Sigsbee after some cleanup occurred, clearly shows the devastated areas on both sides of Willow Creek. It was dry that year, the ground was hard, and the sudden cloudburst with accompanying hail, while initially eagerly anticipated, turned out to be a disaster. It took decades for Heppner to get back to its pre-flood population. In 1983, Willow Creek Dam was completed upstream from the city. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0414
Photographer Boyd G. (Bert) Sigsbee
Location Heppner, Morrow County
Subject Floods, Town Views
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.9 x 9.2 inches
Photographer's Number No