The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 in Google Earth


Welcome to the Rosenberg Library's presentation of the Galveston Storm of 1900 in Google Earth. This project lends geographic organization to the incredible collection of photographs that chronicle how a 15.7 ft high storm surge devastated an island no more than 8.7 ft above sea level at its highest point, destroying 3,600 buildings and killing 6,000 to 8,000 people in the process. More importantly, this project chronicles the incredible will of Galvestonians to protect the island from future storms by building a 17 ft tall seawall, jacking up 2,000 buildings on stilts, and raising the ground level of 500 city blocks.

The key to the project is the navigation pane on the left of the Google Earth screen. The buttons activate the 3 modules mapping pictures from Galveston before the storm, immediately after the storm, and during the grade-raising project. In addition, there is a map overlay to give a snapshot of what Galveston was like after the storm. To use the presentation, you must have Google Earth 5.0 or newer on your computer.  Google Earth can be downloaded here (free).  When you have Google Earth, download the Galveston Storm presentation from the Attachments section at the bottom of this page.  Then look for the following icons in Galveston TX:


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The Rosenberg Library was built in 1904 and has amassed the largest collection of historical documents, photos, and artifacts of Galveston’s bygone era.

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The Rosenberg Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

©2009 Rosenberg Library. Funding for the 1900 Storm Photo Exhibit was provided by a TexTreasures grant from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Thomas Green,
Oct 26, 2009, 4:50 PM