We attended a temporary display at our local museum. This is a first for our museum and I hope they intend on offering displays throughout the year. It was so much fun. They offered champagne, other beverages and a wonderful array of snacks and fruit. Much like the food we experienced in Dallas TX, there was enough variety that one could eat healthily. I was pleased to see that our small community could give the same quality as caterers in Dallas. It was a very nice experience.
The topic of the display was the 1913 flood that happened in our town of Peru, Indiana. It literally changed the economic structure of our town. The flood was devastating and our town never really bounced back. Other industry came in but not like before. Because of the flood, local industry moved to different locals and employment in our area was hard to come by. You wouldn’t think that a flowing river would have so much impact. The changes to the ground made by the railroads and farming practices change the coarse of the river and made it a dangerous entity.
It was interesting to see pictures of homes and businesses that survived and are still standing in our town.
It took 54 years for the surrounding towns to convince the government that a dam needed to be built. Typical of getting things done when the government is involved! Anyway, the earthen dam was constructed in 1967 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It impounds the Mississinewa River for irrigation storage and flood control.
The reservoir it creates, Mississinewa Lake, has a normal water surface of five square miles. When our children were young, we enjoyed boating on the lake. Now, my daughter and I use the many trails along the shore to get our exercise.