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Galveston Hurricane of 1900

September 19, 2008

Hurricane Ike, the storm that traveled over East Texas this past week, drew mentions to the catastrophic hurricane that Galveston suffered through on September 8, 1900. Due to a lack of early warnings, the storm caused an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 casualties and destroyed one-third of the city. To read a more detailed account of the hurricane from the Handbook of Texas Online, click here. The library has numerous secondary sources about the 1900 storm, including some accounts published within a year of the hurricane. The following pictures are from the library’s photograph collection:

The intersection of Avenue O and 19th Street in Galveston.

The intersection of Avenue O and 19th Street in Galveston. (SC94.054)

This photo shows a school house that was carried 600 feet by the water.

This photo shows a school house that was carried 600 feet by the water. (SC94.053)

Click here for a full citation of the documents and images included in this entry.

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