The land for this park was donated by the family of Walter L. Warford.
Pattonsburg suffered terribly from the 1993 flood. The Great Flood swept through Pattonsburg on July 6, 1993, exactly 84 years after the community’s first major flood disaster on July 6, 1909. In a well-rehearsed ritual, the villagers cleaned up their homes and shops, and moved back into the floodplain.
Then the Great Flood came back a second time. On July 23, the Grand River sent another sickening surge of muck and debris back through the community. This last flood was the last straw, bringing home the realization that Pattonsburg could not continue to survive in conflict with the river. In the fall of 1993, more than 90 percent of the residents voted in favor of relocating their town and rebuilding it on higher ground.
In 1998, Ang Lee filmed "Ride with the Devil" on the streets of old Pattonsburg.
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Photo taken in Benton, MO, USA
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