Lawrence Meinert Photographs of Flooding 1996
PC 110

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Lawrence Meinert Photographs of Flooding
ID
PC 110
Date
1996
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
Approximate 60 items
Abstract
In February of 1996, flooding of the South Fork of the Palouse River, and other small streams, inundated parts of Pullman, Washington. Major flooding was averted largely due to sandbagging efforts that were arranged spontaneously by citizen volunteers. Lawrence Meinert, Prof. of Geology at Washington State University, photographed Pullman extensively during the period of the flooding, and later, in August, re-photographed many of the same sites with the purpose of illustrating the contrasting situation of a low-water situation.

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Biographical Note:

Prof. Larry Meinert attended Carleton College and subsequently earned his Doctor of Philosophy at Stanford University in 1980. In 1981, he joined the Geology faculty at Washington State University. Prof. Lawrence Meinert specializes in the exploration for ore deposits by applying geological and geochemical methodology to find undiscovered deposits.

In February of 1996, flooding of the South Fork of the Palouse River, and other small streams, inundated parts of Pullman, Washington. Major flooding was averted largely due to sandbagging efforts that were arranged spontaneously by citizen volunteers.

Lawrence Meinert, Prof. of Geology at Washington State University, photographed Pullman extensively during the period of the flooding, and later, in August, rephotographed many of the same sites with the purpose of illustrating the contrasting situation of a low-water situation. These photographs were subsequently exhibited at the Art Gallery at Washington State University's Compton Union Building (CUB).

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Scope and Contents note

Images consist chiefly of color enlargements of various sizes. They are arranged around themes, continuing the presentation employed in the exhibition at the CUB. A numbering system that was employed in the exhibition serves to give each print an unique number. These same numbers are employed in the exhibition captions that are filed at the end of the sequence; these captions provide interpretative explanations as well as identification, in many cases. Decimal numbers are the original item numbers employed by the photographer

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Photographs of flooding in Pullman and elsewhere on the Palouse River were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Prof. Lawrence Meinert in 1997, following exhibition at the Compton Union Building.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Additional Meinert Photographs of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, 1982-1998, are available in Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Environmental Conditions
  • Historic buildings -- Washington (State) -- Pullman.
  • Photographs
  • Pullman (Wash.) -- Photographs.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Introduction 

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 1.1 Watershed map, Palouse River drainage 

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 1.2 Pullman Street map, with photo locations and main streams 

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 1.3 University, snowpack before flooding 

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 1.4 Viento Street, snowpack 

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 1.6 Flood marker 

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 1.25 Fountain at Olsen and Kamiaken Sts 

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Stream flow at bridges 

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 2.1 Culvert. 500 S. Grand Ave 

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 2.2 Culvert. 500 S. Grant Ave. Dry Flat Creek in Summer 

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 2.3 Kamiaken St. Bridge, with viewers of flood 

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 2.4 Kamiaken St. Bridge near Swilly's, August, low water 

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 2.5 Grand Ave. Bridge, South Fork of the Palouse River 

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 2.6 Grand Ave. Bridge, South Fork of the Palouse, August 

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 2.7 Spring Street Bridge during flood 

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 2.8 Spring Street Bridge, August and low water 

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 2.9 Railroad bridge near Reaney Park in flood 

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 2.10 Railroad bridge near Reaney Park in summer 

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 2.11 Railroad bridge near Neill Library in flood 

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 2.12 Railroad bridge near Neill Library in summer 

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South Palouse River near city center 

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 3.1 Palouse River along Olsen Street, in flood 

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 3.2 Palouse River along Olsen Street, in summer 

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 3.3 Palouse River behind Ken Vogel store, high water 

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 3.4 Palouse River behind Ken Vogel store, summer 

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 3.5 439 North Grand Avenue 

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 3.6 439 North Grand Avenue, summer 

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 3.7 Trucking on North Grand during early stage of flood 

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 3.8 Benewah Street Mobile Home Park in flood 

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 3.9 Benewah Street Mobile Home Park in summer 

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Flood Plain 

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 4.1 City Playfield baseball field, under flood 

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 4.2 City Playfield baseball fields 

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 4.3 Pullman City Swimming Pool, in winter 

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 4.4 Pullman City Swimming Pool in August 

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 4.5 Benewah Street, car in flooded field 

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 4.6 Benewah Street, car in field during August 

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 4.115 Cars in area of University Mobile Homes Park 

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 4.05 City Playfield sign 

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 4.7 Benewah Street, Al's Auto Body shop during flood 

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 4.8 Benewah Street, Al's Auto Body in August 

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 4.9 Benewah Street, Deda Auto Repair on Feb. 7, 1996 

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 4.10 Benewah Street, Deda Auto Repair, August 

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 4.11 Benewah Street, cars awaiting repair during flood 

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 4.12 Benewah Street, "car surfing" 

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 4.13 Benewah Street, recycling facility during flood 

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Emergency Crews 

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 5.1 Sandbagging crew 

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 5.2 Ken Vogel, operator of flooded clothing store 

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 5.3 White Drug Store, with sandbags and plastic sheeting 

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 5.4 Budget Records. Pumping out basement of store building 

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 5.5 Main Street, pumping out utility corridors 

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Colfax and Palouse River 

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 6.1 Colfax, North Palouse River at entry point of concrete channel, during flood 

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 6.11 Colfax, North Palouse River. Channel entry in summer 

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 6.2 Colfax, Palouse River in channel during flood 

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 6.3 Colfax, Palouse River channel in summer 

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 6.4 Colfax, Standing wave 

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 6.5 Palouse Falls, high water 

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 6.6 Palouse Falls, August 

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 6.7 Palouse Falls during flood, close-up 

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 6.8 Washed-out railroad tracks 

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 6.9 Washed-our railroad tracks 

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 6.10 Small building moved by water 

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Captions used for exhibition of photographs at Compton Union Building 

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