The Great White Hurricane - Lets Talk about a Blizzard !! March 14, 1888
Today in Hanover and Dartmouth College History as well as the East Seaboard and New England!
The last official day of winter this year is March 20th. So snow and real snow storms, should should be expected. As we welcome this beautiful dumping of snow and grumble why it wasn't here earlier or more consistently this winter, for those who are worried about the amount of snow or who are concerned about the latest "Storm of the Century" or Snow-mageddon" let us consider a real blizzard.
Rollins Chapel March 14, 1888
The Great Blizzard of 1888 started on March 11 and kept on snowing through March 14, 1888 this beauty was one of the most severe recorded blizzards, genuine blizzard, in the history of the United States.
The Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the east coast of the US from Maryland to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet! Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. Railway and telegraph lines were disabled, and this provided the impetus to move these pieces of infrastructure underground.
Fire stations were immobilized and property losses by fire alone was estimated at $25 million dollars, which if you believe Google inflation calculators is about $615,000,000 in 2017 dollars!
There was no record of any fire or tragedy in Hanover over the span of the 1888 blizzard, but the staff at Dartmouth College's Rauner Library have preserved photos recording the blizzard locally.
March 1888 Dartmouth College Students standing in front of South Hall on South Main St.
The caption of the rear of this photo reads "In front of South Hall March 13, 1888."
March 13, 1888 Professor Fletcher's House on College Street. This was the old Crosby Dixi Hospital.
Notice the horse drawn equipment trying to deal with the snow and the head and shoulders of people trying to clear the snow.
March 12, 1888 Looking North on South Main St. The white building on the left was the Episcopal rectory. it is the current location of the Town of Hanover Town Offices.
From the same photographer South Main St Hanover March 1888
Photo caption reads End of Winter 1888 This Stereoscopic image shows Bly Photographic studio.
Photo credit to Dartmouth College Rauner Library
Go check them out even on a "snow day"