Wooldridge, Missouri was a victim of the Flood of ’93. Driving down into the Overton Bottoms Refuge area (which is adjacent to Wooldridge), it’s hard to get a feel for the volume of water that ran this town into near collapse. This Sign signifies an entrance.
The map helps our minds grasp a picture of the area the refuge embodies.
Pointing the way
Missouri River bottoms
Looking East towards the river.
Returning to town.
There were still crops to harvest at the time we meandered down this gravel road.
Old grain elevator
Flood waters ran over these tracks.
Driving over the tracks, aka city limits.
I didn’t find a lot of information about Wooldridge, Missouri other than the flooding of ’93 and the founder’s name. But I found several moments where I wished for someone to be standing outside that I could have asked a few questions. In the meantime, I leave you with the last photo here of some hidden doors that are behind that semi- trailer.
Sidenote: I found it tough to snap photos of the delapidated places we drove past here. I felt I was nearly intruding on these residents and the conditions some were actually living in. But hindsight has brought me the realization that I should have photographed it for various reasons. One huge reason is for a viewpoint of the lasting impact of natural disasters. Lesson learned.
A rural Missouri town has the distinction of having a ‘World’s First’. I present the site of the first railroad all steel bridge that crosses the Missouri River into this town of 1,103 residents according to the 2010 census.
In 1880, the population was 1,841 and a port for riveroat departure/arrival. I’m sure the first sight of that new structure gave plenty of excitement to those residents during the 1878 completion. This current one is the replacement. Maybe someday I’ll happen upon a picture of the original?
Til then here’s the view of the modern version built in 1960 as it stretches across the Mighty Mo.
I sent my youngest daughter on a mission last Thursday while I was home trying to get over a case of the flu. She was questioning my request. “Doors? You want pictures of doors?” Yes, I told her, pretty ones, interesting ones. You got this. She hesitated but then said ok as she beebopped out the door.
Her destination, Rocheport, Missouri to stroll with her boyfriend along the Katy Trail and walk around that rivertown to basically enjoy an afternoon together. (they’re in love)
Since I have no idea what these doors are connected to, I’ll just give some information on Rocheport.
Founded in 1825. Missouri joined statehood in 1821.
They offer a winery, bed and breakfasts, restuarants and a nice variety of quaint little shops.
Historically, it was a trading post for early settlers and Native Americans and was near a stopping point (where the Missouri River meets Moniteau Creek) for Lewis and Clark on their well-known expedition. )
Population at 2010 census –239
The village was noted by Zebulon Pike in 1806 (July 17, 1806 journal entry, The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike. ed. Elliot Coues, Vol. 2, (1895) Harper, New York)
The Flood of 93 covered a major portion of the town. So glad it was restored! Read some about the flood here.
This coming Saturday 22 thru the 29 they are celebrating Octoberfest. You are welcome Rocheport for the free publicity 🙂
A wonderful place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities if you’re ever in Mid-Missouri. The view in Autumn along the bluffs of the river are stunning!
Click the link below and find Norm’s blue button at the bottom of his Doors post for more outstanding entries.
I promised a friend from Canada some pictures from our home here in Missouri. It has been in the news this past week with all the flooding. Searching out the circle we call “Sun” in this photo. No flood waters here.
No flooding here either. Just my dream home off in the distance. If only I had a few million dollars.
This is the city of our destination that particular day.The state capitol of Missouri, Jefferson City. (Pardon my unleveled hand)
A view from the vehicle window because it was too cold to get out and walk around while waiting for Ron at the DMV (department of motor vehicles). I kind of like this photo.
I just knew we’d see flooding on the Missouri River crossing the bridge, but nothing was unusual other than a bank full river. Good thing or this bridge crossing probably wouldn’t have been do-able. It heads right into the river bottoms. Not the best place to be during a flood.
To see many pictures of the flooding, I suggest Googling, “2015 Missouri flood pictures” Plenty to see. I am personally glad I didn’t see much.
My prayers and thoughts with all the victims affected by this tragic event.