Friday, February 23, 2018

1919 Benton County Snow

Thursday morning I awoke to find a light coating of snow on the roofs and yards.  We typically don't get much snow here: the average annual snowfall is 3 inches.  But one of the years covered by the Circa 1920 exhibition was quite different.  On December 19, 1919, a record 11 inches fell. Additional snow fell on the following days, for a total of 20 inches for the month!  December in 1919 was also unusually cold, so the snow didn't melt but stayed on the ground.

Here are some photos to show what that much snow looked like. The first shows downtown Corvallis looking north along 2nd Street from Jefferson.  Note the man shoveling snow off the roof of the Benton County Bank in the center of the photo.
1919 snowfall in downtown Corvallis, Oregon

The second photograph shows a Corvallis home in the snow. Look at those icicles!

The snow was also deep in Philomath as this photo of the museum's building (then Philomath College) shows. 

By Martha Fraundorf, Volunteer for Benton County Historical Society, Philomath, Oregon

1919 snowfall at Philomath, Oregon

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