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Re: Old city map of Indianola???
Posted by: Tyger Nelson Date: October 19, 2001 at 18:53:06
In Reply to: Old city map of Indianola??? by Shandell Jakobeit-Crider of 133

I am doing extensive research on Indianola, to include underwater excavation. The actual city of where most of the city lots is underwater. The two hurricanes of 1874 & 1886, the last being the worst, reclaimed the land the city was built on, back to the sea. Satellite imagery taken in 1996 verifies how much of that part of land was overtaken by the bay, compared to the old maps showing the lots at Powderhorn and Browns Addition. Geographically, Indianola was built on what is known as a "spit", which is a giant sandbar, which the bay was and still is notoriously known for. That is why Indianola was such a boom town for ships, since they were able to build several very very long docking piers straight into the deep water for the larger ships to come into their port. My Great-Grandfather was Cheney Russell PROUTY. He was the Collector of Customs at the U.S. Customshouse in Indianola and survived all the storms. When the last one in 1886 finished off the city, the U.S. Customs Office in Washington D.C., reassigned him to the newly opened port of entry in 1890 at Eagle Pass, Texas. If you have any info in your material of Indianola on my Great-Grandpa will you please share it with me. Thanx. I hope my info helps. Sincerely, Tyger Nelson


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