Galveston’s 1900 Storm remembered
Back in 1900, Galveston was nicknamed the “Wall Street of the South.”
But even with the wealth its port brought to the island, the “Queen City of the Gulf” was not prepared for what Mother Nature had in store.
With an estimated 140 mph wind, what in modern times would be classified as a Category 4, a fierce hurricane was stalking the shore.
Galveston residents apparently had no idea what was headed their direction.
After September 8, 1900, when the time the floodwaters drained, an estimated 8,000 people had died.
The city was raised above sea level and a the concrete seawall was erected to defend the island from the Gulf of Mexico.