University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Galveston 1915 Hurricane Photographs



Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Frazier, Rex Dunbar
Collection Title Galveston 1915 Hurricane Photographs
Dates 1915
Identification 05/1997-002
Physical Description 0.50 linear feet
Other Information:
Uploaded to TARO, 2005.
Additional information may be found at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uhsc/00028/hsc-00028.html
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

On August 16-19, 1915, Galveston Island was hit by a devastating hurricane. Damage amounted to $50 million, but there were only 275 deaths. The low loss of life is attributed to the protection of the seawall, constructed after the 1900 hurricane which did $40 million worth of damage and killed thousands of people.


Scope and Contents

The Galveston Hurricane Photograph collection comes from a scrapbook of pictures taken by Rex Dunbar Frazier, a Stone & Webster Engineering representative called in to collect storm damage data and photographs.

Photos were removed from an acidic scrapbook for preservation purposes, yet folder captions were copied exactly from those provided. Folder captions below have been abbreviated as necessary.

The photos date primarily from August 18, 1915, although many are undated. Later photos show repairs. Dated photographs have been filed chronologically, and undated photographs have been loosely grouped into categories of Buildings/Streets, Railroads (general), Interurban Railroad, Causeway/Temporary Trestle, Drifting/Damage, Miscellaneous People, and Miscellaneous.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

The material in this collection is in the public domain.

However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Photographs
Geographic Name:
Galveston Island (Tex.)
Topical Term:
Hurricane damage

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Galveston, 1915 Hurricane Photographs, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition Information:

Mrs. H. C. Frazier donated these photographs

Processing Information:

K. Fox, 1997


Detailed List of Contents

Box Folder
1 1 Waves over seawall 4:30-5 p.m.
Waves on Seawall 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Waves on Seawall 4:30-5:00 p.m.



Box Folder
1 2 Looking toward Galveston Island from south end of arched bridge
Remains of arched bridge



Box Folder
1 3 View of Causeway arches
View of causeway arches



Box Folder
1 4 Galveston Electric Company tracks crossing City Park adjacent to Hotel Galvez
Galveston Electric Company tracks
Pedestrians alongside the Galveston Electric Company tracks



Box Folder
1 5 Looking east toward 52nd Street on Interurban right-of-way
Looking east toward 52nd Street



Box Folder
1 6 Interurban right-of-way at Crockett, west of Galveston Packing Company
Interurban railroad at Crockett
Interurban railroad at Crockett



Box Folder
1 7 View down Q Street, Galveston
View down Q Street (large)
View down Q Street (large)



Box Folder
1 8 Government Reservation Fort Crockett parade ground
Fort Crockett Parade Ground



Box Folder
1 9 East end of Seawall Boulevard Sidewalk slabs in foreground
East end of Seawall Boulevard



Box Folder
1 10 East end of Seawall Boulevard
Building damage on the east end of Seawall Boulevard



Box Folder
1 11 Broadway and 21st Street intersection, looking east on Broadway
Broadway at 21st Street looking east



Box Folder
1 12 Seawall Boulevard
Seawall Boulevard during recovery



Box Folder
1 13 First Interurban train to cross temporary trestle under own power
Train crossing temporary trestle
Train crossing temporary trestle (close-up)
Train crossing temporary trestle (wide view)



Box Folder
1 14 County Court House (3000 stayed here during storm)
County Courthouse



Box Folder
1 15 Causeway Inn wreckage on Santa Fe right-of-way at Virginia Point
Causeway wreckage



Box Folder
1 16 Site where Causeway Inn collapsed
Causeway Inn wreckage



Box Folder
1 17 Rogers Oyster Resort
Rogers Oyster Resort



Box Folder
1 18 Wrecked summer hotel next to the Hotel Galvez
Wreckage of summer hotel



Box Folder
1 19 Murdoch Bath House wreckage on Seawall Boulevard
Murdoch's Bathhouse wreckage
Murdoch's Bathhouse wreckage on seawall



Box Folder
1 20 Colombo Cafe & Casino wreckage on Beach Boulevard
Columbo Cafe and Casino Wreckage



Box Folder
1 21 Partially demolished houses on east end of Galveston
Partially demolished houses
Row of partially demolished houses
Street of partially demolished houses



Box Folder
1 22 Wrecked houses, east end of Galveston, Seawall Boulevard
Large wrecked house on the east end
Wrecked house ruins on the east end
Wrecked houses on the east end



Box Folder
1 23 East end houses, submerged in sand
Cluster of houses submerged in sand
Salvaging from houses submerged in sand



Box Folder
1 24 Seawall Boulevard, east end
East end of Seawall Boulevard (ground view)



Box Folder
1 25 Repairing Seawall Boulevard
Repairing Seawall Boulevard
Repairing Seawall Boulevard
Workers repairing Seawall Boulevard



Box Folder
1 26 Replacing rip-rap at seawall
Crews replacing riprap at Seawall
Replacing riprap at Seawall



Box Folder
1 27 Southern Pacific equipment borrowed for cleanup/reconstruction
Gasoline car from Southern Pacific
Southern Pacific equipment



Box Folder
1 28 Repairing track around Texas City junction
Crew repairing track at Texas City junction
Train on track during repair of Texas City junction



Box Folder
1 29 Repairing Galveston Electric Company's track around baseball park
Repairing Galveston Electric Company track



Box Folder
1 30 Galveston Electric Company's tracks crossing City Park adjacent to Hotel Galvez
Galveston Electric Company tracks through City Park



Box Folder
1 31 Interurban passenger car that went down with Causeway
Interurban passenger car off track



Box Folder
1 32 Interurban passenger cars that went down with Causeway
Close-up of an Interurban passenger car
Interurban passenger cars off track
Two interurban passenger cars off track



Box Folder
1 33 Interurban cars that went down when Causeway collapses
Close-up of Interurban passenger cars off track
Close-up of Interurban passenger cars off track



Box Folder
1 34 Train cars that went down with Causeway, after being righted and preparatory to lifting to temporary trestle
Passenger car being prepared for the temporary trestle
Passenger car being prepared for the temporary trestle
Two passenger cars being prepared for the temporary trestle
Two passenger cars being prepared for the temporary trestle
Work car before going onto temporary trestle



Box Folder
1 35 Reconstructing the overhead, Oyster, Galveston Island
Reconstructing the overhead at Oyster



Box Folder
1 36 Reconstructed Interurban at Oyster, Galveston Island
Crew works beside the reconstructed track at Oyster
Man stands beside the reconstructed track at Oyster
Man walking along reconstructed track at Oyster
View down the reconstructed track at Oyster



Box Folder
1 37 Rebuilt Interurban at Oyster, Galveston Island
Crew working to rebuild the Interurban at Oyster



Box Folder
1 38 Interurban right-of-way near Oyster
Wreckage of the Interurban near Oyster
Wrecked tracks of the Interurban near Oyster



Box Folder
1 39 Interurban right-of-way between Dickinson and La Marque
Debris beside the Interurban tracks at Dickinson/La Marque
Interurban tracks at Dickinson/La Marque
View down the Interurban tracks at Dickinson/La Marque



Box Folder
1 40 Interurban right-of-way at Virginia Point.
Wreckage of Interurban tracks at Virginia Point



Box Folder
1 41 Interurban right-of-way between Texas City junction and Virginia Point
Damaged Interurban tracks at Texas City/Virginia Point
Dead cattle near Interurban railroad between Texas City and Virginia Point
Twisted Interurban tracks at Texas City/Virginia Point



Box Folder
1 42 Last poles and track left on mainland side (Texas City junction)
Last poles and track left on mainland side



Box Folder
1 43 Causeway: from island to arched bridge portion.
Causeway from island to arched bridge



Box Folder
1 44 Causeway from Virginia Point
Causeway from Virginia Point



Box Folder
1 45 Causeway wreckage
Causeway wreckage at unknown location



Box Folder
1 46 Arched bridge portion of Causeway, looking toward mainland
Causeway from arched bridge to mainland



Box Folder
1 47 Toward arched bridge portion
Causeway toward arched bridge portion



Box Folder
1 48 South to mainland from north end of arched bridge portion
Causeway tracks from north of arched bridge to mainland
Wreckage of causeway from north of arched bridge to mainland
Wreckage of causeway from north of arched bridge to mainland (close-up)



Box Folder
1 49 Toward Galveston Island from south end of arched bridge part of the Interurban right-of-way undated
Causeway wreckage from arched bridge toward the island



Box Folder
1 50 View of Causeway from Virginia Point showing completed single track untreated pile trestle undated
View down a complete causeway track from Virginia Point
View of a complete causeway track from Virginia Point



Box Folder
1 51 Completed trestle crossing demolished portion of Causeway
Completed trestle crossing demolished portion of causeway



Box Folder
1 52 Wrecked semaphore bridge, pipe, poles, and car caught on Causeway during collapse undated
Wreckage of a bridge and car from causeway collapse



Box Folder
1 53 Causeway trestle showing partially completed overhead
Man walking along completed temporary trestle



Box Folder
1 54 View of completed trestle
Interurban train on completed trestle



Box Folder
1 55 Interurban trains crossing temporary trestle
Interurban train crossing temporary trestle
Interurban train with passengers crossing temporary trestle



Box Folder
1 56 Santa Fe engine returning to Galveston after hauling Interurban trains across trestle
Santa Fe engine used for driving Interurban trains



Box Folder
1 57 Work, supply, and passenger trains crossing temporary trestle
Passenger train crossing the temporary trestle
Three trains crossing the temporary trestle



Box Folder
1 58 Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank
Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank
Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank



Box Folder
1 59 Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank car
Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank car



Box Folder
1 60 Oil tank, dredge pipe, pontoons north or Texas City terminal tracks
Oil tank, dredge pipe, pontoons north of Texas City terminal tracks
Oil tank, dredge pipe, pontoons north of Texas City terminal tracks



Box Folder
1 61 Oil barge north of Texas City terminal tracks
Oil barge north of Texas City terminal tracks



Box Folder
1 62 Gas buoy from Galveston entrance stranded
Gas buoy stranded on land by hurricane
Man by a stranded gas buoy



Box Folder
1 63 Large coal barge stranded



Box Folder
1 64 Coal barge north of Texas City terminal tracks
Coal barge north of Texas City terminal tracks



Box Folder
1 65 Coal barge stranded on steam road tracks at Texas City junction
Large coal barge stranded
Large coal barge stranded (close-up)



Box Folder
1 66 Boxcars near Texas City junction
Boxcars near Texas City Junction



Box Folder
1 67 Overturned Southern Pacific passenger station
Overturned Southern Pacific passenger station



Box Folder
1 68 Steam road tracks between Texas City and La Marque
Man observing steam road tracks between Texas City and La Marque
Steam road tracks between Texas City and La Marque
Three men observing steam road tracks between Texas City and La Marque



Box Folder
1 69 Ocean going freight vessels that broke away from Pier 30
Stranded freight vessel (close-up)
Stranded freight vessels
Two stranded freight vessels



Box Folder
1 70 stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City
Harlesdon stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City



Box Folder
1 71 stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City
Eton Hall stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City



Box Folder
1 72 Rex Dunbar Frazier in camp
Rex Dunbar Frazier in camp



Box Folder
1 73 Major General J. Franklin Bell, commander of Texas City and Galveston
Major General J. Franklin Bell



Box Folder
1 74 Stone & Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point
Men loitering at Stone and Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point
Men loitering at Stone and Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point (close-up)
Mess hall at Stone and Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point
Stone and Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point



Box Folder
1 75 All that remained of his home
Man with the remains of his home



Box Folder
1 76 Storm victims graves near Texas City
Storm victims' graves near Texas City



Box Folder
1 77 Miscellaneous undated
Dead cattle between Texas City and Virginia Point
Scope and Contents
Dead cattle between Texas City and Virginia Point