The Great Pumpkin Flood of 1903 occurred from October 8th to October 10th, following a few days of severe rainstorms. The water level was 30 feet above the normal level of the Delaware River. The flood affected, not only Lordville but, many villages along the Upper Delaware River. Of the many bridges that collapsed from the flood, the 1869 Lord Suspension Bridge was one of them. In addition to the loss of the bridge, many shops within proximity of the river, were lost or severely damaged as a result from flooding. A train heading eastbound to New York was stalled in Lordville for the entirety of the flood, carrying President Grover Cleveland back from the funeral of Postmaster General Bissel in Buffalo, NY.

For more information on Grover Cleveland's Fall 1903 visit to Lordville, see the Lordville Station section above.


Lordville Flood of June 1922

This huge flood came nearly 20 years after the Great Pumpkin Flood in 1903, which took away several shops, as well as the 1869 Lord Suspension Bridge. While the new Lordville-Equinunk Bridge survived the flood, due to its raised height, and use of stronger materials, many of the newly constructed shops were lost to rising water levels. Of these buildings include the original Lordville Post Office/E.S. Travis & Co. General Store, and the Lordville Hotel. These two buildings specifically were built directly above the Humphries Brook, which feeds directly into the Delaware River. Additionally, a wood bridge that spanned the Humphries Brook was also demolished as a result. Photos below detail the damage dealt by this 1922 flood.

Wooden bridge across Humphries Brook- demolished

Lordville P.O., General Store, and Hotel- heavily damaged

Debris in the Humphries Brook

Either Timpson Mercantile or the Lordville Hotel