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.