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    In 1951 one of the most costly floods in the nation's history swept down the Kansas River valley resulting in devastation to Manhattan and downstream communities such as Topeka. This prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to push for the construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue river north of Manhattan. It would mean better flood control, but it would displace thousands of residents of the Blue Valley. Organized opposition sprang up resulting in what became known as Big Dam Foolishness: The Tuttle Creek Controversy. This video is about an early film called "The Tuttle Creek Story." A very biased film from the point of view of the Blue Valley residents adamantly opposed to "Big Government" forcing them from their land. This is an interesting look at early uses of persuasive films (videos) to push an agenda. This film is courtesy of the Riley County Historical Society and the wrap around program was produced in 2007 at Kansas State University.

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