Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Acknowledging an Anniversary

This morning at the dog park, a fellow dog owner opined that there would be a heavy snowfall before spring was actually here. My response: "Bite your tongue."

When I got back home to my computer, I was reminded that the Great Blizzard of 1888 occurred on this day: March 12. It actually started on March 11 and didn't end until March 14. The picture below, showing the north side of the 400 block of Warren Street, was taken after the worst of the blizzard was over.

The following is quoted from the Hudson Evening Register for March 12, 1888.
A March Storm.
A terrible storm of wind and snow set in last evening and continued throughout most of the day. The snow was light and dry and flew through the air like smoke. The streets and highways are drifted, and the storm was the most severe of the season. Trains and mails were delayed and out-door business generally suspended. Why not let Dakota into the Union and stop all this bluster?
Accident on the Hudson River Railroad.
A dispatch to this office this morning says at 8 o'clock this morning in a blinding snowstorm the Atlantic express bound south on the Hudson River railroad, ran into the rear of another Atlantic express at Dobbs Ferry, demolishing the cars. Four persons are known to have been badly injured. Both tracks are badly obstructed. All south-bound trains are held at Tarrytown.
The snowstorm commenced yesterday afternoon is the heaviest in several years. It is still in progress with a heavy wind. The snow is between twelve and eighteen inches deep. All trains on both the West Shore and Hudson River railroad are much behind.
So today, as you go about enjoying the sunshine and the warmth, think about what was happening 136 years ago and be grateful.

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