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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Buildings/Streets

Railroads (general)

Interurban Railroad

Causeway/Temporary Trestle

Drifting/Damage

Misc. People

Misc.

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Galveston 1915 Hurricane Photographs



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Frazier, Rex Dunbar
Title: Galveston 1915 Hurricane Photographs
Date: 1915
Abstract: The photos date primarily from August 18, 1915 and were taken by Rex Dunbar Frazier, a Stone & Webster Engineering representative called in to collect storm damage data and photographs.
Identification: 1997-002
Quantity: 1 box; .5 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Historical Note

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.

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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, Misc. People, and Misc.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Persons)

Frazier, Rex Dunbar

Subjects

Galveston Island (Tex.)
Hurricanes Texas Galveston.

Formats

Photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition

Mrs. H. C. Frazier donated these photographs.

Processed

K. Fox, 1997

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Detailed Description

 
Folder
1-13
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1 Waves over seawall 4:30-5 p.m. Aug. 16, 1915
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2 Looking toward Galveston Island from south end of arched bridge. Aug. 18, 1915
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3 View of Causeway arches. Aug. 18, 1915
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4 Galveston Electric Company tracks crossing City Park adjacent to Hotel Galvez. Aug. 18, 1915
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5 Looking east toward 52nd St. on Interurban right-of-way. Aug. 18, 1915
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6 Interurban right-of-way at Crockett, west of Galveston Packing Company. Aug. 18, 1915
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7 View down Q St., Galveston. Aug. 18, 1915
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8 Government Reservation Fort Crockett parade ground. Aug. 18, 1915
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9 East end of Seawall Blvd. Sidewalk slabs in foreground. Aug. 18, 1915
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10 East end of Seawall Blvd. Aug. 18, 1915
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11 Broadway and 21st St. intersection, looking east on Broadway. Aug. 18, 1915
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12 Seawall Blvd. Sept. 28, 1915
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13 First Interurban train to cross temporary trestle under own power. Oct. 18, 1915

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14-26 Buildings/Streets
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14 County Court House. 3000 stayed here during storm. undated
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15 Causeway Inn wreckage on Santa Fe right-of-way at Virginia Point undated
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16 Site where Causeway Inn collapsed. undated
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17 Rogers Oyster Resort. undated
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18 Wrecked summer hotel next to the Hotel Galvez. undated
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19 Murdoch Bath House wreckage on Seawall Blvd. undated
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20 Colombo Cafe & Casino wreckage on Beach Blvd. undated
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21 Partially demolished houses on east end of Galveston. undated
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22 Wrecked houses, east end of Galveston, Seawall Blvd. undated
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23 East end houses, submerged in sand. undated
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24 Seawall Blvd., east end. undated
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25 Repairing Seawall Blvd. undated
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26 Replacing rip-rap at seawall. undated

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27-30 Railroads (general)
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27 Southern Pacific equipment borrowed for cleanup/reconstruction. undated
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28 Repairing track around Texas City junction. undated
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29 Repairing Galveston Electric Co.s track around baseball park. undated
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30 Galveston Electric Co.s tracks crossing City Park adjacent to Hotel Galvez. undated

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31-41 Interurban Railroad
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31 Interurban passenger car that went down with Causeway. undated
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32 Interurban passenger cars that went down with Causeway. undated
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33 Interurban cars that went down when Causeway collapses. undated
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34 Train cars that went down with Causeway, after being righted and preparatory to lifting to temporary trestle. undated
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35 Reconstructing the overhead, Oyster, Galveston Island. undated
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36 Reconstructed Interurban at Oyster, Galveston Island. undated
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37 Rebuilt Interurban at Oyster, Galveston Island. undated
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38 Interurban right-of-way near Oyster. undated
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39 Interurban right-of-way between Dickinson and La Marque. undated
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40 Interurban right-of-way at Virginia Point. undated
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41 Interurban right-of-way between Texas City junction and Virginia Point. undated

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42-57 Causeway/Temporary Trestle
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42 Last poles and track left on mainland side (Texas City junction). undated
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43 Causeway: from island to arched bridge portion. undated
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44 Causeway from Virginia Point. undated
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45 Causeway wreckage. undated
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46 Arched bridge portion of Causeway, looking toward mainland. undated
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47 Toward arched bridge portion. undated
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48 South to mainland from north end of arched bridge portion. undated
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49 Toward Galveston Island from south end of arched bridge part of. undated the Interurban right-of-way.
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50 View of Causeway from Virginia Point showing completed single. undated track untreated pile trestle.
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51 Completed trestle crossing demolished portion of Causeway. undated
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52 Wrecked semaphore bridge, pipe, poles, and car caught on. undated Causeway during collapse.
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53 Causeway trestle showing partially completed overhead. undated
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54 View of completed trestle. undated
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55 Interurban trains crossing temporary trestle. undated
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56 Santa Fe engine returning to Galveston after hauling Interurban trains across trestle. undated
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57 Work, supply, and passenger trains crossing temporary trestle. undated

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58-71 Drifting/Damage
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58 Pierce Fordyce Oil Assoc. tank. undated
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59 Pierce Fordyce Oil Assoc. tank car. undated
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60 Oil tank, dredge pipe, pontoons north or Texas City terminal tracks. undated
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61 Oil barge north of Texas City terminal tracks. undated
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62 Gas buoy from Galveston entrance stranded. undated
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63 Large coal barge stranded. undated
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64 Coal barge north of Texas City terminal tracks. undated
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65 Coal barge stranded on steam road tracks at Texas City junction. undated
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66 Boxcars near Texas City junction. undated
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67 Overturned Southern Pacific passenger station. undated
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68 Steam road tracks between Texas City and La Marque. undated
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69 Ocean going freight vessels that broke away from Pier 30. undated
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70 Harlesdon stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City. undated
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71 Eton Hall stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City. undated

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72-76 Misc. People
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72 Rex Dunbar Frazier in camp. undated
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73 Major General J. Franklin Bell, commander of Texas City and Galveston. undated
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74 Stone & Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point. undated
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75 All that remained of his home. undated
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76 Storm victims graves near Texas City. undated

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Folder
77 Misc.
Dead cattle between Texas City and Virginia Point. undated

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