The weather events of the Spring of 2011 have had people of all ages and
background looking back over events of flooding in our state and county
history. Desha County was devastated in the Floods of 1927 when a
levee break occurred. Thoughts of this had towns panicking in May
2011 when reports of Mississippi River record water levels and boils
The main purpose of the Desha County Historical Society is to protect
and publish both the written and pictorial history of events in Desha
County such as the Flood of 1927 so that future generations can not only
learn about historical events of the past, but may also strive not to
repeat the mistakes of the past so that current and future generations
might not suffer the immense destruction that has occurred in history.
DCHS takes this opportunity to make
you aware of personal reflections and reports of the Flood of 1927 that
can be found in our many publications. Below is a list of some of
these articles and the publication in which they can be found.
This publication can be ordered on our Publications page.
The 1927 Flood: the County's Worst Disaster
The Last Telephone Call to Arkansas City
Letter written during the Flood
The McGehee Times Carried On
Joe Hinton McKinney, Radio Operator 1927
"What I Remember Most about the 1927 Flood"
1927: County's Worst Disaster
Dumas During the 1927 Flood
1927 Horseback Rider Warned of Impending Flood at Watson
Found In: "THE '27 FLOOD IN DESHA COUNTY" - 1976 Publication, Volume 2,