Some of you might have seen our recent post about the snowstorms in the US. However, you may or may not know that a much more devastating storm hit the east coast of America 128 years ago today.


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On March 11th 1888, what came to be known as The Great White Hurricane caused three days of chaos across New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. It was one of the most severely recorded blizzards in the history of the United States and 400 people were estimated to have died as a result.

The storm left up to 60 inches (152cm) of snow and created towering snowdrifts 50ft (15 metres) high. Some people were stuck in their houses for a week (yes, that's right, without tv or internet) and trains and telephone lines were disabled.

Still, one good thing did come from the Great White Hurricane: the city of Boston, alarmed by the gridlock caused by the blizzard, decide to build a subway, and nine years later The Boston subway became the first underground rail network in the US.

#1 Miss Porter's School In Farmington, Ct After The "Great White Hurricane" Snow Storm Of 1888

Miss Porter's School In Farmington, Ct After The "Great White Hurricane" Snow Storm Of 1888

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#2 The Great White Hurricane

The Great White Hurricane

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#3 Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

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#4 Man Standing By Snow Hut, After Blizzard Of 1888, With U.s. Capitol In Background, Washington

Man Standing By Snow Hut, After Blizzard Of 1888, With U.s. Capitol In Background, Washington

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#5 Carts Take The Snow From The City And Dump Them In The East River, New York

Carts Take The Snow From The City And Dump Them In The East River, New York

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#6 Trolley Is Pushing Through The Snow, Washington, DC

Trolley Is Pushing Through The Snow, Washington, DC

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#7 Brooklyn Bridge During The Blizzard

Brooklyn Bridge During The Blizzard

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#8 Derailed Train Already Half-Buried In The Snow, harlem Railroad In The State Of New York

Derailed Train Already Half-Buried In The Snow, harlem Railroad In The State Of New York

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DariaB 9 months ago

This reminds me of Mato Lovrak's children novel "Vlak u snijegu" (train in the snow).

#9 Store's Billboard Is Brought Down By The Weight Of The Snow

Store's Billboard Is Brought Down By The Weight Of The Snow

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#10 New York - Madison at Fiftieth

New York - Madison at Fiftieth

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#11 Snow Has Covered The Windows Of This Shop In Manhattan

Snow Has Covered The Windows Of This Shop In Manhattan

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#12 Snow And Ice Taken From The City Is Dumped Into The East River, New York

Snow And Ice Taken From The City Is Dumped Into The East River, New York

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#13 Workers Dig Out The Snow From Underneath An Elevated Train Line After The Blizzard

Workers Dig Out The Snow From Underneath An Elevated Train Line After The Blizzard

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#14 Corner Of Broad And Market Streets, Newark

Corner Of Broad And Market Streets, Newark

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#15 Employees Of TP Howell & Co., Newark

Employees Of TP Howell & Co., Newark

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