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.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
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.