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Just a Stones Throw From the Winnebago

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Hidden : 6/21/2018
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Today while adventuring around Mason City, I discovered a neighborhood lost to flooding.  My dad already knew of this neighborhood, and you may also if you are living around here.  This neighborhood is located just a stones throw away from the Winnebago.

The Winnebago River is a 72-mile-long river in northern Iowa.  It is a tributary of the Shell Rock River, part of the Cedar River watershed that flows via the Iowa River to the Mississippi River.  The Winnebago River rises in Winnebago County, Iowa, north of Leland and flows through Forest City, then east and southeast through Mason City on its way to the Shell Rock River at Rockford.  Headwater tributaries of the Winnebago River extend north into Southern Minnesota.

In 2008, the Winnebago River was subjected to flood waters reaching 18.74 feet.  This was the highest flood water stage in recorded history for the Winnebago River. The peak of 18.74 feet was reached on June 8, 2008. The flooding was part in due to severe rainfall in the river's basin between May 29 and June 12 of that year.  Mason City had 1,000 homes damaged in the 2008 flood including those in this neighborhood.  

Just across the street from this geocache was the Egloff house, a historic house built in 1938.  The Egloff house was purchased by the city for $314,000 and moved to the 300 block of East State Street.  Most of the homes bought after the flood were demolished but the city wanted to save the Egloff house because it is so unusual.  

The picture below shows the Egloff house in process of relocation.

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