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T&N: Park Avenue East underpass under water 1974

Underpass flood on Park Avenue East 1955

We pretty much take it for granted today, and don’t particularly notice the underpass on Park Avenue East: it is simply a landmark on the way through.

But in 1925, when the roadway was dug out underneath the railroad tracks, that bit of road was a miracle: it meant that traffic was no longer backed up forever behind slow-moving trains.

There was a mix to this blessing however, as every few years the low point would fill up with rain water.

The cover photo was taken in 1955, after a sudden storm stranded a soggy motorist; the other from 1974.

(Photo from the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District. Thank you!)

Then & Now: Park Avenue East underpass under water 1974

Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.

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