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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Great Southern Snowstorm....of 1895

No, not today's crippling storm, folks.  But on February 15, 1895, the entire south was hit with a storm that wreaked havoc in quite a different way.   History sometimes presents us with a sort of solace, knowing that our particular moment in time is not a unique one. 

Instead of being trapped for hours inside freezing cars, on highways littered with accidents - the fate of many an Atlantian today - the major concerns of the 1895 storm seemed to be frozen crops and dying cattle.  Here's a glimpse:  (click for easier reading) *


With 14" of snow in Galveston, the storm was designated "without parallel in the history of Texas." 

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the report is of Jose Carabajai and his son Juan, "frozen to death on the mesa east of this city."

Take heart, Georgians.  Though some are calling today's storm "the perfect storm" and therefore all mayhem simply inevitable, at least you are not blanketed with 14" of the white stuff!  Also, our up to the second news coverage includes many amazing tales of Good Samaritans.  There is a silver lining.

*Source: Historic news article from the "Idaho Statesman," Feb. 16, 1895; Vol. 31, Page 1; digital database:

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