When our family moved here 43 years ago, we witnessed a Crooked Creek in downtown Harrison that was virtually a willow jungle. After the massive flood of 1961, the city applied for and was approved for Urban Renewal funds to build the current levee and widen the creek bed by scraping the drainage down to bedrock. The hoped for result was that a wider creek would not pour its waters into downtown when the next big flood came. Thankfully, the levee worked; however, every time the creek had a big rise, gravel and silt began to fill the massive cavity that had been made. Soon, willows and other natives began growing in the creek bed. In just a few years the area became an ugly wound in the middle of town.