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Wyandotte County, Kansas

1844
2012

 

 

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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas

"First Days in Wyandotte"

Living was difficult that first year.  The winter of 1843-1844 had been dry.  In the spring it began to rain.  Old records say that it continued for forty days.  The rivers rose, flooding the lowlands and backing into the streams.  Water reached the height of fourteen feet in the bottoms where people had camped the year before.

Then the heat came and turned the wet leaves and plants into deadly carriers of disease.  There was no vaccination against typhoid at that time.  Hundreds became ill from chills and fever and many died.  By the fall of 1844 there was not a well person among the Wyandots.  To sickness and death were added the sorrows of homesickness.

Kansas Flood of 1844

The Kansas Flood of 1903

Kansas Flood of 1951

Kansas Flood of 1993

Perspective of 1993 Kansas Flood

The Kaw River

Historic Floods of Kansas

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