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Herald-Dispatch photo archives -

Colonel Harry Pockras, right, was the chief engineer for the Huntington District Corps of Engineers from about 1935 until his retirement in 1955. Here, he shows off a working scale model of the floodwall gate closure. The map on the wall shows floodwall alignments, clockwise, of Highlawn wall, East Huntington wall, Guyandotte wall and INCO/Altizer wall, according to Richard McCoy. Pockras' grandson Philip H. Pockras said, "He had overall responsibility for the (floodwall) project. My mother, his daughter-in-law, has told me that he did much of the design work. Mother is the former Sarah Curtis from Proctorville." In the wake of the disastrous 1937 Flood, when the Ohio River inundated much of Huntington, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a floodwall to protect the city from future floods. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction on Huntington's floodwall in August 1938. It was turned over to the city for operation and maintenance in December 1943. The project cost $7.1 million. The wall has seven miles of concrete and 4.5 miles of earthen levee, along with 17 pump stations and 45 gated openings for traffic (though 15 are closed now). The remaining 30 openings would have to be closed manually during a severe flood. The floodwall height varies between 15 and 20 feet. It reaches three feet higher than the 69.45-foot deluge of 1937. The floodwall was designed to protect more than 7,000 acres from flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an annual walk-through inspection of the floodwall. Because of U.S. involvement in World War II, construction on all civil works projects except those vital to the war effort were discontinued in 1942. Work on the Huntington floodwall continued because of Inco's top secret work on the Manhattan Project. As it turns out, the wall did protect Inco in March 1945 -- when the river reached a crest of 59.86 feet -- and several times since as well. But the 1945 date was critical because the plant was just wrapping up its work on the atomic bomb, which President Truman used for the first time five months later to shorten World War II.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- June 13, 2011

Jun. 15, 2011 @ 11:17 AM

We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.


May 31, 2011

May 23, 2011

May 16, 2011

May 9, 2011 -- Huntington State Hospital fire on Nov. 26, 1952

May 2, 2011

April 25, 2011

April 18, 2011

April 11, 2011

April 4, 2011

March 28, 2011

1984 Marshall vs. ETSU, welcome home rally

March 21, 2011

March 20, 2011

March 16, 2011

March 15, 2011

March 9, 2011

March 8, 2011

March 7, 2011

Feb. 28, 2011

Feb. 23, 2011

Feb. 21, 2011

Feb. 14, 2011

Feb. 7, 2011

Jan. 31, 2011

Jan. 24, 2011

Jan. 17, 2011

Jan. 10, 2011

Jan. 6, 2011

Jan. 3, 2011

Dec. 27, 2010

Dec. 20, 2010

Dec. 14, 2010

We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.