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The Mississippi River Flood of 1951 (editor's title)

Section Crew in a Flood
Photographs of disasters dot albums and newspaper "morgues" the world over, but the 1951 spring floods along the Upper Mississippi and its tributaries were worthy of attention, resulting in the highest water since 1880. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the locale for this image, lies on relatively low land and it floods relatively frequently, the lake in the view usually being high ground. The section crew here was leaving the Milwaukee Road toolhouse at Prairie du Chien, to work on tracks in the valley of the Wisconsin River to the east to Wauzeka. The photographer, Norbert "Norm" Adler, was section foreman. The crew on the motorized track car consisted of, from left, Joe Rieser, Bill Byers, Jim Keating, Ed Hayes, Pete Nissen, Ray Corbett, and Leo Lucey. Their smiles indicate recognition that the circumstances were special, not every day, though they must have anticipated long, tough, wet hours ahead.
Alternate Title Railroaders' Photographs of Railroads
Source Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Coverage Spatial, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; Temporal, April 1951
Rights Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Date Created 1951-04
Resource Type
Extent 5 in. x 3 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Creator Description Norbert 'Norm' Adler (1910-1982), Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, worked on the section from 1929 to 1973, lastly between Lone Rock and "Prairie." "Railroading is a way of life," he told the Prairie du Chien Courier-Press in a retirement story. Some days "were hard work, wet, cold, long hours and challenges. Others were the fine, colorful days along the route with the routine tasks." For Adler and thousands of others, railroading was a way of life.
Collection Adler Family Collection
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