Relive the drama of 1913 historic flood

Calamity CourageLisa Swickard, local historian and author of award-winning book “Calamity and Courage: Tiffin’s Battle During Ohio’s Deadly 1913 Flood,” is offering tours of areas affected by Tiffin’s devastating 1913 flood that left 19 dead and 500 homeless.

The tour is informal and interactive, with Lisa drawing on personal accounts she has collected over decades. Throughout the tour, Lisa tells stories of the homes and businesses that were affected, some of which were completely destroyed or washed away, and rescue efforts for trapped residents. She draws attention to various landmarks that survived the flood, houses that were moved after the flood in order to widen the river, and the locations of homes and businesses that were completely destroyed.

The Downtown Tour traces the path of flood destruction in the area surrounding the Sandusky river. The tour circles around Frost Parkway, Market Street, Monroe Street, a bit of Perry Street, and South Washington Street. Key places include the bridges, the flood marker located on the wall of the police station, the Knights of Columbus building area, the Tiffin Eagles building and Frost Parkway.

There are three different tours available by appointment:

  • Downtown Tour – An hour to hour and a half tour of the flood zone. $5 adults / $3 children 15+
  • Extended Downtown Tour – Downtown Tour plus East Davis Street. $7 adults / $4 children 15+;
  • Entire Flood Zone Tour – A day-long tour that encompasses the entire flood district. $15 adults / $9 children 15+

To contact Lisa for any of the flood tours listed above, email her or call 567.525.9317. For more information about Lisa and other tours, visit www.virginalleypress.com/.

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