The 1900's Great Storm killed over 6,000 souls on the island. Artist David Moore created the 1900 Storm Memorial. The 10-foot tall bronze statue, installed on the hurricane's 100th anniversary in 2000. Located between 51st & 45th on the Seawall.
Upon reaching the Gulf of Mexico on September 6, the storm strengthened into a hurricane. Significant intensification followed and the system peaked as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/h) on September 8. Early on the next day, it made landfall to the south of Houston, Texas.
The Great Galveston hurricane to become known as the Great Strom of 1900. It was the deadliest natural disaster in the United States history, one of the deadliest hurricanes to affect Canada, and the fourth-deadliest Atlantic hurricane overall. The hurricane left between 6,000 and 12,000 fatalities in the United States; the number most cited in official reports is 8,000. Most of these deaths occurred in and near Galveston, Texas after the storm surge inundated the coastline with 8 to 12 ft of water. In addition to the numbered killed, the storm destroyed about 7,000 buildings of all uses in Galveston, which included 3,636 destroyed homes; every dwelling in the city suffered some degree of damage. The hurricane left approximately 10,000 people in the city homeless, out of a total population of nearly 38,000. The disaster ended the Golden Era of Galveston, as the hurricane alarmed potential investors, who turned to Houston instead. In response to the storm, three engineers designed and oversaw plans to rais the Gulf of Mexico shoreline of Galveston island by 17 ft and erect a 10mi seawall. This seawall still protects the island to this day.
This is just another part of the island's history. A testament to the island and the people who stayed to rebuild this place. Galveston has survived many more storms since the Great Storm of 1900. Probably only due to the efforts of the 1900 survivors and their raising rebuilding of the island. Next time you're on the island make sure you stop by the statue and pay your respects to these lost souls and the survivors that saved this island for us today.
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