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The 1900 Galveston Hurricane

Hurricane in Galveston, Texas that occurred in 1900. Caused the construction of the "Sea Wall".
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Diana Villenas

on 6 February 2013

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The 1900 Galveston Hurricane General Overview: The Galveston Hurricane ripped through our Texan beach on the day of September 8, 1900. The 1900 Hurricane is known to have taken the lives of between 6,000-8,000 Galveston residents. At the time, the city of Galveston was only 9 ft above sea level- a heigth viewable from your own backyard pool. The Haunted Orphange One of the buildings ruined in the tragedy of the 1900 Storm was St. Mary's Orphans Asylum where 10 sisters and 90 children drowned during the rushing floods of the storm. These sisters were called in by Catholic Bishop Claude M. Dubuis to care for the sick and the children left alone after the passing of their parents (Yellow Fever). St. Mary's Asylum was strategically built far from town near an old Estate off the beach front-- in hopes of yellow fever less likely reaching the children. The Haunted Orphanage (continued) On the day of the storm, winds came gusting in and the rain began coming down harder and harder. Eventually the waves crashed into the beach side so much that flood waters began rushing into residential areas. The sisters then began sending the children up to the Girl's Dormitory-- where it was built, newer, and stronger. The children became fearful as they sang "Queen of the Waves". The sister's then began to gather rope from a male worker and began tying them around the children to keep them together. The angry winds then rose to 100 mph raising homes from their foundations, sending them like pin balls towards other houses. The Boys Dormitory quickly flooded full and crashed beneath the children and sisters. The Sisters held tight onto their children while the Orphanage rose from its grounds, released the first floor, and allowed its roof to crash in trapping everyone inside. 3 children survived: William Murney, Frank Madera, Albert Campbell. Hurricane Leftovers, St. Mary's Asylum, The Children Over All Facts Once the storm passed, the evidence was presented as so:
** There were 6,000 bodies littered across all of Galveston
**It's estimated that the winds reached 150-200 mph
**The tidal surge was about 15-20 ft high
**Highest elevation of Galveston-- 8.7 ft high
**3,600 homes were destroyed, all with a brick or two leftover
**The repair of the storm was $20 million dollars ($700 million in today's money)

http://www.1900storm.com/orphanage.lasso All about The Sea Wall http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galveston_Seawall Following the hurricane,
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