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1961 Harrison Flood
Harrison Square, May 7, 1961



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.
  • The Flood: 46 years later
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Sunday, May 6, 2007.
  • Reynolds: 'All hell broke loose'
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Sunday, May 6, 2007.
  • Crooked Creek marked by floods
         History Q & A by Marilyn Breece, from the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, February 16, 2007.
  • Museum preserves history of flood
         History Q & A by Marilyn Smith, from the Harrison Daily Times, Friday, June 30, 2006.
  • Another anniversary of the flood of 1961
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Monday, May 8, 2006.
  • 1961 flood closed Martin-Rogers store
         From the Boone County Historian / Oak Leaves, Volume IV Number I (2006).
  • Harrison's big disaster: the May 7, 1961 flood!
         From the Harrison Daily Times, Monday, May 10, 2004.
  • Banking in Boone County: The May 7, 1961 Flood
         From the Boone County Historian, Volume V Number II (1982).
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