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Galveston Flood of 1900: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1900, a major flood swept through Galveston, Texas, killing over eight thousand. This guide provides access to material related to "Galveston Flood" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Condition of Twenty-First Street." September 15, 1900. The Houston Daily Post (Houston, TX), Image 3. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

The "Night of Horrors" September 8, 1900, begins as a 15-foot storm surge rolls across Galveston, Texas, killing over 8,000. Dawn breaks over a grisly scene of bodies in the streets. The Galveston flood is remembered even to this day as the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


September 8, 1900 The deadliest hurricane ever to strike the United States makes landfall on the island city of Galveston, Texas.
September 9, 1900 Galveston is completely cut off from the outside due to destruction of bridges and telegraph lines.
September 10, 1900 Rescuers arrived to find the city in ruins; thousands are believed to be dead.
September 11, 1900 Famine, pestilence, and looting threaten the city.
September 13, 1900 Thousands left homeless by the storm take refuge in Houston.
September 14, 1900 All states send aid to Galveston.
September 16, 1900 Plans to rebuild Galveston are discussed.