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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Information:

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Waves over seawall 4:30-5 p.m.

Looking toward Galveston Island from south end of arched bridge

View of Causeway arches

Galveston Electric Company tracks crossing City Park adjacent to Hotel Galvez

Looking east toward 52nd Street on Interurban right-of-way

Interurban right-of-way at Crockett, west of Galveston Packing Company

View down Q Street, Galveston

Government Reservation Fort Crockett parade ground

East end of Seawall Boulevard Sidewalk slabs in foreground

East end of Seawall Boulevard

Broadway and 21st Street intersection, looking east on Broadway

Seawall Boulevard

First Interurban train to cross temporary trestle under own power

County Court House (3000 stayed here during storm)

Causeway Inn wreckage on Santa Fe right-of-way at Virginia Point

Site where Causeway Inn collapsed

Rogers Oyster Resort

Wrecked summer hotel next to the Hotel Galvez

Murdoch Bath House wreckage on Seawall Boulevard

Colombo Cafe & Casino wreckage on Beach Boulevard

Partially demolished houses on east end of Galveston

Wrecked houses, east end of Galveston, Seawall Boulevard

East end houses, submerged in sand

Seawall Boulevard, east end

Repairing Seawall Boulevard

Replacing rip-rap at seawall

Southern Pacific equipment borrowed for cleanup/reconstruction

Repairing track around Texas City junction

Repairing Galveston Electric Company's track around baseball park

Galveston Electric Company's tracks crossing City Park adjacent to Hotel Galvez

Interurban passenger car that went down with Causeway

Interurban passenger cars that went down with Causeway

Interurban cars that went down when Causeway collapses

Train cars that went down with Causeway, after being righted and preparatory to lifting to temporary trestle

Reconstructing the overhead, Oyster, Galveston Island

Reconstructed Interurban at Oyster, Galveston Island

Rebuilt Interurban at Oyster, Galveston Island

Interurban right-of-way near Oyster

Interurban right-of-way between Dickinson and La Marque

Interurban right-of-way at Virginia Point.

Interurban right-of-way between Texas City junction and Virginia Point

Last poles and track left on mainland side (Texas City junction)

Causeway: from island to arched bridge portion.

Causeway from Virginia Point

Causeway wreckage

Arched bridge portion of Causeway, looking toward mainland

Toward arched bridge portion

South to mainland from north end of arched bridge portion

Toward Galveston Island from south end of arched bridge part of the Interurban right-of-way undated

View of Causeway from Virginia Point showing completed single track untreated pile trestle undated

Completed trestle crossing demolished portion of Causeway

Wrecked semaphore bridge, pipe, poles, and car caught on Causeway during collapse undated

Causeway trestle showing partially completed overhead

View of completed trestle

Interurban trains crossing temporary trestle

Santa Fe engine returning to Galveston after hauling Interurban trains across trestle

Work, supply, and passenger trains crossing temporary trestle

Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank

Pierce Fordyce Oil Association tank car

Oil tank, dredge pipe, pontoons north or Texas City terminal tracks

Oil barge north of Texas City terminal tracks

Gas buoy from Galveston entrance stranded

Large coal barge stranded

Coal barge north of Texas City terminal tracks

Coal barge stranded on steam road tracks at Texas City junction

Boxcars near Texas City junction

Overturned Southern Pacific passenger station

Steam road tracks between Texas City and La Marque

Ocean going freight vessels that broke away from Pier 30

stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City

stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City

Rex Dunbar Frazier in camp

Major General J. Franklin Bell, commander of Texas City and Galveston

Stone & Webster Engineering camp at Virginia Point

All that remained of his home

Storm victims graves near Texas City

Miscellaneous undated

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.

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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, Miscellaneous People, and Miscellaneous.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Box Folder
1 12 Seawall Boulevard
Seawall Boulevard during recovery

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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)

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

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

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

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Box Folder
1 17 Rogers Oyster Resort
Rogers Oyster Resort

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Box Folder
1 45 Causeway wreckage
Causeway wreckage at unknown location

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

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

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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)

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Box Folder
1 63 Large coal barge stranded

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

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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)

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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