Photos courtesy of the Schoolcraft County Historical Society
Flooded homes on Weston Avenue next to the Manistique River are shown during the Palm Sunday flood of 1920. Houses across the river on North Cedar are also visible. On March 28, 1920, an ice jam on the Driggs River backed the river up. When the jam broke, the water and logs in the river rushed into the Manistique River. Since the winter had an exceptional snowfall along with warmer than normal temperatures and several days of rain, the rivers draining into the Manistique River were already swollen. With the torrent of water, a west bank wall broke, causing water to rush over the flume walls and into the west side of Manistique all the way down Deer Street and Chippewa Avenue. More than $1,500,000 in property damage was reported as many city streets were beneath one to four feet of water.