Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900

Title: Floating wreckage near Texas City - typical scene for miles along the water front - Galveston disaster. Creator(s): Underwood & Underwood., Date Created/Published: New York : Underwood & Underwood, c1900. Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-122502 (b&w film copy neg.)

The Hurricane of 1900 made landfall on the city of Galveston Texas, on September 8, 1900. It had estimated winds of 145 miles per hour at landfall, making it a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It was the deadliest hurricane in US history, causing an estimated death toll between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals;

At the time of the 1900 storm the highest point in the city of Galveston was 8.7 feet above sea level. The hurricane brought with it a storm surge of over 15 feet which washed over the entire island. Over 3,600 homes were destroyed. The few buildings which survived, mostly houses along the Strand District, are today maintained as tourist attractions.

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Call Number: LOT 11002 [P&P] [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Notes: DR1930 U.S. Copyright Office. Subjects: Hurricanes--Texas--Galveston--1900. Waterfronts--Texas--Galveston--1900.

Format: Photographic prints--1900. Stereographs--1900. Collections: Stereograph Cards

Galveston Hurricane of 1900

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