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Virtual Exhibits


Severe Weather: Blizzards

Photographs from the Permanent Collection of blizzards in Massillon.

Let it Snow!

Winter Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Severe Weather in Ohio Online Exhibition
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Flood of 1913

March 2013 marks the centennial of one of the great floods in Massillon, Ohio. It marked the end of the Ohio & Erie canal that ran through downtown Massillon, caused damage to homes and businesses across the city. Because of the availability and popularity of photography at the time, the flood of 1913 is one of the most well-documented events in Massillon history. Enjoy more than 120 photos from the Massillon Museum's permanent collection.

Tornado in Perry Township, March 1955

In March 1955, a tornado ripped through Perry Township, just east of Massillon. These photos detail the damage.
Photographs taken by Jack Worthington, Massillon Independent.

Flood Control Project 1939-1951

The city of Massillon flooded every year, with the worst floods occurring in 1904, 1913, and 1935. The Tuscarawas River took a natural course that curved into the downtown, which increased the reach of the flood.

In 1936, the Massillon Chamber of Commerce formed a committee to work on flood control, officially called the Massillon Conservancy District. The project consisted of moving the Tuscarawas River, moving the railroad tracks, and creating 3 new viaduct bridges.

The project began in 1939 and was finally completed in 1951, costing more than $10 million. The Tremont viaduct opened on October 8, 1948; the Lincoln Way viaduct opened on November 11, 1949, and the Cherry Road viaduct opened on September 14, 1951.

Digitized from the original Independent negatives.
From the collection of the Massillon Museum, gift of the Evening Independent (91.47)
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