1897: Dam Burst

Workmen Forced to Flee For Their Lives.

Middletown, Conn., July 30.–At 8 o’clock this morning a dam 40 feet wide and containing water from which the three factories get power, burst, letting down a tremendous volume of water. The huge stones of which the dam was built, crashed into the factory of William Wilcox’s lockshop and the power floors of the factory were flooded. Forty workmen were compelled to flee for their lives. Much damage was done.

From The Wichita Beacon (Wichita, Kansas), Friday, July 30, 1897.
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