Cullowhee Flood of 1940 Photograph Collection



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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Western Carolina University Hunter Library Special Collections
Creator: unknown
Title: Flood of 1940 (Cullowhee, Jackson County, North Carolina) Photograph Collection
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Hunter Library Special Collections.
Abstract: This collection contains ten photographs depicting the aftermath of the flood of August 30, 1940, in the vicinity of Cullowhee, in Jackson County, North Carolina.
Extent: .1 linear feet

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research during Hunter Library's Special Collections business hours, or by appointment.

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Flood of 1940 (Cullowhee, Jackson County, North Carolina) Photograph Collection, Special Collections, Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC, USA.

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Acquisitions Information


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Processing Information

Processed by George Frizzell, 2003 March
Encoded by Anna R. Craft, 2008 August

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Historical Note

On the morning of Friday, August 30, 1940, the Tuckasegee River (also spelled Tuckaseigee) in Jackson County and Swain County, North Carolina, flooded at the highest levels recorded, with flooding continuing into August 31. At least four people died in Jackson County in the disaster and flood waters destroyed all of the bridges along the river in Jackson County. The Jackson County Journal (Sylva, N.C.) newspaper reported heavy damage in the community of Cullowhee.

For more information see:

Jackson County Journal (Sylva, N.C.), August 29, 1940, page 1 (dated August 29 but with details of the flood for Friday morning, August 30).

Sylva Herald (Sylva, N.C.), August 31, 2000, "Tuckaseigee's Most Damaging Flood Was 60 Years Ago."

Max W. Williams, ed., The History of Jackson County, Sesquicentennial Edition (Sylva, N.C.: Jackson County Historical Association, 2001), "Flood" (pages 454 - 456).

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Content and Scope

Ten (10) photographs featuring the aftermath of the flood of August 30, 1940, in the vicinity of Cullowhee, in Jackson County, North Carolina. Two of the pictures show the flood waters before they had receded, and were taken near the bridge across the Tuckaseigee River at Cullowhee on old N.C. Highway 107. Four of the pictures show the damage to the bridge after the waters had begun to recede. One picture shows a temporary wooden plank bridge at Cullowhee across the river. Three pictures show the countryside around Cullowhee and the effects of the flood. Each of the photographs is 4.5 inches wide by 2.75 inches high.

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The collection is in single-folder arrangement.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following subject headings in online catalogs.

Cullowhee (N.C.)--History--Photographs.

Flood damage--North Carolina--Jackson County--Photographs.

Floods--North Carolina--Jackson County--Photographs.

Floods--North Carolina--Tuckasegee River--Photographs.

Jackson County (N.C.)--History--Photographs.

Tuckasegee River (N.C.)--Photographs.

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