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Flood Memorial Monument

Memorial Park, N. 3rd St. and DeMers, Grand Forks, ND
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Ranked #5 of 13 attractions in Grand Forks
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: Monument honors the rescue workers of the April 18, 1997 flood.
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LosAngeles, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Having grown up during the 1979 flood and having my folks go through the 1997 flood, it was great to see how these two floods matched up against each other. Definitely worth a look and the placement of the memorial, next to one of the ND-MN bridges is great because you see it was way above the bridge and how... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This little tower by the banks of the Red River in downtown Grand Forks shows the height and year of the last hundred years' floods. Immediately one sees how much higher and more disastrous was the epic 1997 flood compared to others. A good design; worth a visit.

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Titusville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

How do begin to explain to people who have no knowledge of the flood or how it impacts people. This very simple tribute to the heartiness of the families in Grand Forks that overcame adversity says it all. It reminded me of the flood guides at Yosemite National Park that you could stand beside to get an idea of how... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a fascinating site to visits and helps you get a grasp on just how high the flood waters can get when the circumstances are just right. I was in Grand Forks for the 1997 flood and this really helps to put things into perspective.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Could use more information about the floods and their impacts. Right downtown, which is the highlight of gf.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful monument but would have appreciated a descriptive plaque. Cabellas is overrated!! Fear the ear!

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Erected as a tribute and memorial to those lives that were lost in the many floods the Red River has had over the past few decades, this is a great monument to swing downtown and see.

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Moses Lake, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I'd watched the record floods swallow Grand Forks on TV in '97 and cried then for all the horrors destroying that historic downtown area. Seeing the memorial, and the amazing park system, the magnificently restored historical buildings is a testament to the hardiness and perserverance of a wonderful population. I actually got goose bumps. WELL DONE. GF!!

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Fargo, North Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The monument is esthetically pleasing. The color is reminiscent of sand so it brings to mind the thousands of sand bags that people volunteered to fill and stack to try to hold back the torrent. The levels of the monument indicate the heights of the floods and the sacrifice people along the Red River made. The monolith is impressive.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The Flood Memorial is a testament to the strength of the Greater Forks community in the face of nature. The nation's biggest mass-evacuation, pre-Katrina, happened here in 1997 and without loss of life. Its people fought back hell and high water to rebuild the city to it's current vitality. This monument reminds us of all that.

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