After I ran photos of the Flood of 1943 from Dad’s scrapbook, a member of the Lamkin Family sent me this aerial photo of the flood. I asked who took it so I could credit the photographer, and he said, “No idea. It hung in my grandfather’s office for as long as I recall.”
Themis Street is on the left and Broadway is on the right. You can see the steeple of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Academic Hall dome in the background. Buckner-Ragsdale is the three-story building on the right, at the foot of Broadway. The St. Charles Hotel is the tall, light-colored building on the left side of Themis. The building with the checkered tile and sharp-peaked roof is Hecht’s Department Store. The Sturdivant Bank Building is between the St. Charles and Hecht’s.
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Here are some earlier stories about Buckner’s and the Lamkin family.
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Frony made a similar aerial photo of a later flood.
Is the old Common Pleas Courthouse that was up the hill visible in this photo? And what year was the flood wall built?
Follow Themis street west and you will see the columns of the Common Pleas Courthouse just to the left of the steeple of Trinity Lutheran Church.
The floodwall construction started in 1957.