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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 16 - Hurricane in Galveston (1941)

Richard Eisenhour

Silent | 1941

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  •  Storm debris 
  •  Galveston at night 
  •  A kitten and dog cuddle together on a chair 
  •  Playing on the beach 
  •  A woman feeds a squirrel 
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On September 16, 1941, a large tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Growing into a category 3 hurricane, the storm made landfall near East Matagorda Bay on September 23. According to a report by G. P. Rusmisel of the Galveston office of the Weather Bureau, the rising tidewater breached the Seawall, entering the lower residential and business sections and covering the municipal airport to a depth of 1 to 3 feet. Houston also suffered extensive damage, experiencing three fatalities and accruing $500,000 in property damage. The total cost of the storm totaled $7 million, with around $5 million accounting for the destruction of crops. This home movie captures Galveston during and after the passage of the storm, including heavy rain, high waves crashing over the Seawall, and storm debris littering the coast. These films are part of the collection courtesy of native Galvestonian and current Austin resident Richard Eisenhour, who discovered and bought them on Ebay.