Golden, CO Flash Flooding, July 1896
AT GOLDEN, COLO.
THREE LIVES LOST, AND POSSIBLY OTHERS.
Denver, Colo., July 24. -- A special to the Republican from Golden, Colo., says:
The worst storm in its history broke upon this city at 8 o'clock. Three lives are known to have been lost and thousands of dollars' worth of property is destroyed. The dead are:
A. A. JOHNSON and wife.
MRS. J. F. EDWARDS.
The JOHNSONS' were carried down with their house. MRS. EDWARDS was milking in the barn when the building was swept away.
JAMES BISHOP, 80 years old, was carried half a mile down the stream and finally caught a tree, from which he was rescued some hours later. His terrible experience had unsettled his reason.
The loss of property cannot be estimated at this time, but will reach many thousands. The Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf railroad loses a bridge and other property. The light and water plants of the city are disabled.
News is anxiously awaited from up the canyon, as it is believed there has been great loss of life.
The storm broke at 8 o'clock. Rain fell in sheets for twenty minutes, and when the gulches above emptied their floods into Clear Creek canyon, the water came down in a wall thirty feet high, carrying everything before it. All the bridges in the city were swept away as well as many buildings near the banks down the creek. It is said many small farmers below this city have suffered loss not only of their crops but in many instances their land itself.
The Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1896-07-25