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Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, December 23, 1918

Lumbering community desolated

Cottages of working men carried away by rush of pent up water at North Bend – Stream rises with amazing rapidity when old timbered structure gives way

“The arrow on the map shows where the big eruption took place at midnight, December 23, 1918, hurling a million and a half yards of rocks, earth, and gravel for miles around, opening up a creek, now called ‘Christmas Creek,’ which flowed on to Boxley Creek, causing it to rise and to add flood damage to the inhabitants of Edgewick. The town was completely destroyed. The map gives a graphic picture of the entire district showing where Edgewick was formerly located and Rattlesnake Lake in which the town of Cedar Falls was formerly thriving. It shows the location of the new masonry dam and the old temporary or crib dam, Mount Washington, the north bank, and the rock ribbed mountain on the south of west, all of which were intended for the walls of the great natural reservoir, provided the north bank had not been porous.” – The Seattle Daily Times, July 26, 1921

“The arrow on the map shows where the big eruption took place at midnight, December 23, 1918, hurling a million and a half yards of rocks, earth, and gravel for miles around, opening up a creek, now called ‘Christmas Creek,’ which flowed on to Boxley Creek, causing it to rise and to add flood damage to the inhabitants of Edgewick. The town was completely destroyed. The map gives a graphic picture of the entire district showing where Edgewick was formerly located and Rattlesnake Lake in which the town of Cedar Falls was formerly thriving. It shows the location of the new masonry dam and the old temporary or crib dam, Mount Washington, the north bank, and the rock ribbed mountain on the south of west, all of which were intended for the walls of the great natural reservoir, provided the north bank had not been porous.” – The Seattle Daily Times, July 26, 1921

Houses were toppled over, a shingle mill swept away, a lumber mill flooded and a section of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad’s main line washed out this morning when the McCann Shingle Company’s dam near Edgewick gave way as the result of pressure of water caused by leakage from the city’s Cedar River dam. (more…)

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