The Flood of 1873
Athens, Ohio near present-day Lasher Hall
The familiar buildings of the old mental health hospital are on
the hill in the background. Now called The Ridges, the old hospital
grounds today host a nature preserve, an art museum, and various
university research and service programs. Following the calamitous
flood of 1968, the path of the Hocking River was rerouted in Athens
by the US Army Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding in the city.
So far, the project has worked well.
(Submitted by Sharon Wick)