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Klamath Postcard No. 137 — dry Link River

Here’s a glimpse into the past. As part of an ongoing series, "Klamath Postcards," The Herald and News and the Klamath County Museum feature historic Klamath Basin photos online and in the H&N's Saturday Connections section.

Klamath Postcard No. 137 — dry Link River

The dry streambed of Link River is seen exposed in this photo taken during a relatively uncommon phenomenon that occurred under certain conditions before installation of a dam on the river in 1920-21. A prolonged episode of strong southerly winds would create a seiche on Upper Klamath Lake. During such wind events, the water level at the south end of the lake could drop by several inches, cutting off the flow to Link River. The last time such an event was recorded was in July 1918. The Evening Herald newspaper reported local residents rushed to the river to gather fish stranded in pools of water.

Visit the museum’s picture post card page at klamathpostcards.org to view other postcards in the series.