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Historians recall 1913 flood

Members and guests of the Indian Lake Area Historical Society were taken back Monday to the region’s worst disaster on record via the pages of a new book authored by local historian Scott D. Trostle.

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A photo from And Through the Black Night of Terror shows a scene in the village of Lakeview during the devastating flood of 1913.

And Through the Black Night of Terror recalls the 1913 flood that devastated the Northern Miami Valley including Logan, Champaign, Shelby, Miami and Darke counties, claimed 72 persons from the Indian Lake area to Piqua and left thousands homeless.

The book recounts the resulting wreck of the Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train No. 3 as it crossed the bridge over a flooded Mad River in West Liberty headed toward Bellefontaine on its detoured way to Indiana.

“The railroads were gone, the roads were gone, the bridges were gone,” the author related. “And this was repeated in all five counties.”

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