I felt reasonably confident that I had seen a picture somewhere of two young women traversing a wooden boardwalk that was meant to provide a dry path over the ditches between campus and the trolley stop on the other side of Main Street. I had time to look today and indeed it exists. That’s Aline Ellis, ’18 and Helen Weinberg, ’17 saving their shoes from the mud.
For unrelated reasons I happened to be looking though Threshers from the early 1920s this afternoon and I noticed several complaints that these small bridges and walkways were frequently submerged. This is not hard to believe. Here’s a picture taken in roughly this same era. It was thoughtfully labeled by the scrapbook owner as “Lake Lovett.”
While I was at it, I started looking for images of the epic 1976 flood and was surprised that I couldn’t find any. If anyone has such a picture, please let me know. (This goes double for any photos of the bird invasion, of which there are also none.) In the meantime, I suspect that I might be able to turn up some evidence of the lingering damage it did on campus.
Bonus: Sorry, no bonus today.
Extra Bonus: Just kidding! Here’s a picture I took earlier this year of Alex Dessler, the founding chairman of Space Science, and Neal Lane visiting in the Pavilion.