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Today in History – Galveston 1900 “Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm”!!

Galveston  FloodYesterday, when I revived the post about those early folkies, among the comments was that one of my favorite songs that Tom Rush performs is “Wasn’t that a Mighty Storm”. Well, what are the odds that on this date in 1900 that Mighty Storm, actually a Category 4 hurricane hit Galveston, Texas. From History.com:

On this day in 1900, a Category 4 hurricane rips through Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, then situated at less than nine feet above sea level, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. The hurricane remains the worst weather-related disaster in U.S. history in terms of loss of life.

….At the time of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston, nicknamed the Oleander City, was filled with vacationers. Sophisticated weather forecasting technology didn’t exist in 1900, but the U.S. Weather Bureau issued warnings telling people to move to higher ground. However, these advisories were ignored by many vacationers and residents alike.

After the hurricane, a large seawall was eventually built to protect Galveston from flooding. The city was pummeled again by major hurricanes in 1961 and 1983, but they caused less damage than the one that struck in 1900. Read More

Now in reading this post I read something, that makes the saying “you learn something new everyday” come true….. The word “hurricane” comes from Hurican, the Carib god of evil. I didn’t know that!

Anyway, after reading this article. the choice of morning music became very easy! Here is Tom Rush performing “Wasn’t that a Mighty Storm”. His introduction to the song, tells both the story of the flood and where Eric Von Schmidt found the song!!