This Day in Dayton, 24 March
The 1913 flood was memorable for damage and loss of life. In 48 hours, 3.5 inches of rain fell on the area. The rain began on March 22, and on March 24, two boys drowned while duck hunting along the Wildcat Creek south of Dayton. In Lafayette, both the Main Street Bridge and the Brown Street Bridge fell. Perhaps the covered bridge at Dayton over the Wildcat was damaged as well, since it was replaced with an iron bridge within a few years. On March 26, the Wabash crested 22 feet above flood stage. (Robert Kriebel, Old Lafayette column, 1 May 2011).