Digital Images Show Life on Campus Before Rerouting of the Hocking River

Aerial view a flooded West Green in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

If you’ve ever been curious about what life at Ohio University was like before they rerouted the Hocking River, check out this excellent article by Danielle Keeton-Olsen for The Post, featuring a photo from the Ohio University Library Archives of a flooded South Green.

Find out if your dorm or favorite spot on campus was affected by the yearly floods by checking out this archive of flood photos and this new Pinboard from Digital Initiatives about the floods. 

If you want to get an even better idea of the amount of water running through the University, take a look at this 1930s Ohio University promotional video on the Alden Library YouTube Channel.  It shows the flood waters flowing across the West Green. It’s no surprise that classes were canceled and dorm residents were relocated!