Athol, UT Reservoir Burst, Jul 1877

Bursting of a Reservoir.

On Sunday afternoon the new reservoir at Athol, on a hill 250 feet above the main village, into just been emptied, gave way and the torrent rushed down the hill to Pleasant Street, quickly traversed the distance to the town, half a mile, and joined Beaver Brook, swelling this stream. The flood carried away several mill dams and caused more or less damaged to other mill property on the banks of the stream. The roads are badly washed. The reservoir was built by contract, and accepted by the town on Saturday.

Deseret Evening News, Deseret, UT 10 Jul 1877