Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 228 August 16, 1915 Monday Evening
Hurricane Hits Galveston, 275 dead
Born This Date
Deschamp Hood born
SPARTANBURG, SC   (1952) Click Here to follow "Champ Hood" forward in Time  Champ Hood who formed Uncle Walt's Band, an Austin favorite, was born in South Carolina on this date in 1952.    More about "Champ Hood on the Web
Future President Mirabeau Lamar born in Georgia
ATLANTA GA   (1798)    On this date in 1798, future President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B Lamar was born in Louisville, Georgia.

Seawall Saves City
GALVESTON Click Here to follow "Hurricanes" back in Time(1915)Click Here to follow "Hurricanes" forward in Time  On this date in 1915, a hurricane hits Galveston killing 275 and causing $56 in damages. Downtown is flooded. A worse disaster was averted, however, by the new seawall, erected as a response to the terrible storm of 1900.
Capitol Desk
Earthquake strikes Valentine, Extensive Damage.
VALENTINE Click Here to follow "Earthquakes" back in Time (1931) Click Here to follow "Earthquakes" forward in Time  On this date in 1931, the largest earthquake in recorded Texas history stuck near Valentine causing extensive damage to homes, schools and businesses. All non-frame houses in Valentine received some damage, and all brick chimneys toppled over.
   The schoolhouse, part cement, part brick, was completely destroyed. The earthquake was felt as far away as Dallas.
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