Very little to do with Sherburne County History, however, today, 15 January 1919 remains a day to be forever remembered. In Boston, Mass. on this date, 21 people died in the Great Molasses Flood.
|Boston fire and police aid in clean-up after the |
Molasses Flood in Boston, 1919. Photo Courtesy
of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
After an investigation, faulty construction of the holding tank received the blame for the disaster. Reports held the tank, when brand new, had so many leaks along the seams the manufacturers painted the tank brown to hide the faults. Witnesses testified the rivets popping from the tank sounded like machine gun fire as the huge steel drum failed.
A slight resemblance to clean-up required several weeks to complete. For several months, the sticky evidence of molasses remained in the streets. More than 100 years later, residences in the Boston neighborhood still report the occasional smells of molasses, when the air breeze is just right.