Historic comebacks from 2008 flood highlighted during CR Resurgence Tour
CEDAR RAPIDS – Extreme heat Saturday didn’t keep tour-goers from visiting historic sites in Cedar Rapids that survived the 2008 flood.
The CR Resurgence Tour, hosted by Save CR Heritage in partnership with the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District and the city of Cedar Rapids, soldiered on despite temperatures in the 90s, with a heat index of 100 degrees.
Nearly 100 people visited stops on the tour, including Mott Lofts, Rowell Hardware/Dash Coffee Roasters, Ellis Urban Lofts, Shakespeare Garden, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the Kurik House/Baby Time Family Boutique and the Herda House.
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A social hour followed at Lion Bridge Brewing Co., in Czech Village.
All of the sites sustained major flooding in 2008, but while the city demolished more than 1,200 homes and 200 commercial buildings after the epic disaster, these were saved from the wrecking ball and are now benefiting the community as businesses, housing and more.
Twenty-five volunteers and site hosts shared the history and provided tours of each stop during the free event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the flood.
Learn about each site here and see more images from the tour, below: