The Great Molasses Flood


The Great Molasses Flood.

The North End Neighborhood, Boston, Massachusetts. January 15, 1919.

2 million gallons of molasses rushed through the streets of Boston’s North End Neighborhood, when a storage tank burst.

The tank that was about 50 foot high and 90 foot wide burst when rising temperatures and a possible increase in Carbon Dioxide, a by product of fermentation, caused the tank to explode.

The 40 ft high wave of molasses moved at an incredible 35 mph. It rushed through the streets like flood waters after a rain storm.

The Flood knocked buildings of of their foundations, toppled a train car, and swept a truck into the Boston Harbor.

The torrent covered streets and poured into local shops and storefronts, even the theater was flooded.  Carts, animals and people were all swept away with the flood.

Tragically 21 people lost their lives and over 100 more were injured. Horses, dogs and other animals were also killed.

It took weeks,  for over 300 people to clean up the sticky smelly mess. The Boston Harbor remained brown from the molasses until well into the summer. For many years after the flood, the locals said that on hot summer days the streets still smelled of molasses.

This is an interesting fact that I had never heard of before. I came across this information while looking up a nutrition fact on my favorite snack, molasses on buttered toast.

The original reference was on the Worlds Healthiest Foods website and the details came from wikipedia.

The Village Mother.


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