1900 Galveston Storm – Over 7,000 Killed

The Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library has extensive information on the Galveston Storm of 1900 in which 7,000 to 8,000 people were killed. The storm struck Saturday, September 8, 1900, and the combination of 80-100+ mph winds, high tides, and massive rains, left massive damage and destruction in its wake.

There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page with information and statistics of the storm, along with an alphabetically sorted list of the dead.

Attempts to shore up the area and protect it with a seawall were seriously tested as storm after storm continued to smash into the community, including the Galveston Storm of 1919, a major hurricane, left 284 people dead and missing.

If you are researching family who lived in the Galveston, or may have had a family member in the fishing or shipping industry that might have been in or near the area, consider checking the list of the dead to see if any are listed.

If your family stories tell of the family moving away from the coast of Texas about this same time period, you may now have a very good reason as the repeated death and destruction drove many out away from the coast further inland.

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