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Memorial Day Flood of 1948

Vanport football in the mud, accentuated by aromas from the nearby smokestack of the meat-packing plant.

The failed dike that allowed flood water from Smith Lake (right) to pour into Vanport City (left).

 

The failed dike that allowed flood water from Smith Lake (right) to pour into Vanport City (left).

Aerial view of extensive flooding of Vanport City. (City of Portland Archives, A1999-004.1138.)

Force of the floodwaters caused widespread destruction, destroying the city. City of Portland Archives, A 2001-083.

Force of the floodwaters caused widespread destruction, destroying the city. (City of Portland Archives, A 2001-083.)

 

Athletic Director and head coach Joe Holland salvages a floor buffer from the destruction.

Athletic Director and head coach Joe Holland salvages a floor buffer from the destruction.

 

The flood of 1948 destroyed the Vanport Extension Center.

The flood of 1948 destroyed the Vanport Extension Center.

Donald Parker (second from left) and others display Extension Center signs recovered from the flood waters. Professor Parker would become the first dean of the School of Business Administration. Oregon Historical Society, No. 68991.

Donald Parker (second from left) and others display Extension Center signs recovered from the flood waters. Professor Parker would become the first dean of the School of Business Administration. (Oregon Historical Society, No. 68991.) 

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