"love and suspense, hardship and endurance, all woven into the tragedy of the city's flood"
Louisville, Ky., January, 1937
A new year begins with the hope that the city is leaving behind the desperate days of the Depression -- until a record flood forces two-thirds of its citizens from their homes.
Miranda Kinley doesn't want to evacuate. She doesn't want to leave her home, her haven from the world. But when she is surrounded by floodwater, her husband missing, and her best friend's young daughter in her care, she may not have a choice.
Blended with humor and mystery, this dramatic tale follows a young couple -- torn between his desire for a family and her doubt that she’d make a good mother -- as their lives, and the lives of their neighbors, are forever changed by a devastating flood.
Louisvillians depended on The Old Reliable -- the Louisville & Nashville Railroad -- for more than a century. The railroad provided thousands of jobs to generations of men, along with a means of transportation that for many Louisvillians was their only way to travel out of town. During the 1937 Flood, Louisville depended further on the L&N. The railroad's passenger trains and boxcars transported refugees to higher ground in the East End and South End, with the trains often pu
We've all heard of Western Union but, in 1937, Postal Telegraph had more local offices serving Louisville. If you needed to send a telegram, you could find a Postal Telegraph office on Third, Fourth, and Fifth Streets, at the Seelbach and Brown Hotels, in the Heyburn and Kentucky Home Life Buildings, at the Bourbon Stock Yards, and at 112 East Main Street, pictured above with a bicycle ready for the next delivery. During the 1937 Flood, two hundred thousand telegrams were sen