Yesterday, as the glorious @this_shanti was kind enough to point out, was the 100th anniversary of my favorite man-made disaster...the Great Boston Molasses Flood!
For those of you who haven't heard of this, the flood started with a cost-cutting measure by the Purity Distilling Company, who owned the molasses. Fearing national prohibition (which would pass 100 years ago today) the company was trying to cut expenses where they could. This meant that the tank that held the 2.3 million gallons of molasses, was poorly built and poorly inspected. It was also a new tank, which had only been filled to capacity 8 times prior to its rupture, meaning there was no consistent strain on the vat. Further, on the day in question, the temperature had risen from freezing to warm quite quickly, dramatically expanding and contracting the viscous fluid.
The result was the sudden rupture of the massive tank of molasses, which, due to it being in an elevated position over the portion of Boston closest, meant a 35 mph torrent of dark, sticky goo rushed downhill at an extraordinary rate. This killed 21 people, injured over 150, and caused property massive damage. The entire area, including the harbor, took over a year to clean, and stained the nearby docks a deep brown color. For years after the flood, residents of the area (those who did not lose their homes entirely) swore that on hot summer days, the neighborhood still smelled like molasses.
The one bit of good that came from it, however, was that future consumer protection laws were rapidly passed to prevent any other such disaster, and though the Purity Distilling Company wouldn't be held liable for the costs of cleanup, future companies would be, should they create such an avoidable mess. Happy Wednesday! #chicagojpg #eyeinthechi #springfieldil #artofchi #agameoftones #streetlife_award #justgoshoot #wu_chicago #ig_photooftheday #ig_brilliant #insta_chicago #igerschicago #worldunion #yourshotphotographer #your_worldcaptures #thechicagopulse #earthpix #goxplr #likechicago #illinoisphotographer #chitecture #9vaga_urban9 #ig_chicagoland #affair_weekly #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #natgeo #metro_affair #lawyerlife #mychicagopix