Wharton, TX Flood, Apr 1900

Wharton, Texas 1909, photo courtesy of familyoldphotos.com


Half the Town of Wharton Now Under Water.

Houston, Tex., April 13.---The Colorado river flood has now reached Wharton, and half the town is under water. So far there has been only one casualty, a Negro refugee being drowned in trying to reach the town. The people all got out of the bottoms and flocked to the town, driving their cattle before hem.

There will be some suffering because of the large number to be cared for. The loss to crops is heavy. The situation at Eagle Lake is very serious, as the waters of the river have poured into the lake and the country about is under water.

The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, Topeka, KS 17 Apr 1900



Wreck of Southern Pacific Bridge at Wharton Is Almost Complete.

Special To The News.

Houston, Tex., April 12.---News received this afternoon at the manager's office of the Southern Pacific says that the flood in the Colorado at Columbus in receding and has already gone down about twelve inches. It has not yet, however, receded far enough to allow work to begin on the damage done by the flood. The company, however, has already sent to the scene a large force of men and bridge material, and as soon as the water will permit the work of replacing the bridge across the river will commence and will be pushed night and day to an early completion. The bridge which has just been destroyed by the overflow was a magnificent iron structure and a telegram received this morning from the railroad officials at Columbus says that at 9 o'clock last night both of the iron spans toppled over into the river and now lie in the bed of the stream, a mass of ruined bridge material.

The latest information obtainable here about the San Antonio and Aransas Pass bridge across the Colorado is that while it is out of line the structure stiff remains on the piers and abutments and as soon as the water recedes sufficiently it can quickly be righted.

Some fears were entertained for the bridges of the Katy over the Colorado and Brazos, but they have not been damaged in the least and the trains on that road are running as usual.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 13 Apr 1900



Caney Creek Is Two Hundred Feet Wide in Some Places.

Special To The News.

Wharton, Tex., April 13.---The flood caught people so unprepared here in the way of boats that but little has been done in the way of relief. Breaks and sloughs are high from back water and outside communication is cut off. A negro boy named Will Mathis attempted to swim his horse across Caney, which is now in places 200 feet wide. The horse refused to swim and the boy was drowned in sight of town. William Kincheloe and H. Klein went in a boat to the relief of Wm. Lambert and family below town. Though they were surrounded by water and water ran in his house he refused to leave. They returned. The Caney with a rapid current divides the town. Water is well up in the streets. It will be tomorrow before anything like an accurate estimate of the damage can be made. The young cane crop will suffer most, as many hundreds of acres are planted along the Caney and the water standing longer that thirty hours will sour it. Business to a great extent in town is supposed.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Apr 1900