Galveston Hurricane 1900 – Film: Thomas A. Edison – Music: Tom Rush
On September 8, 1900, the deadliest hurricane in US history made landfall at Galveston, Texas. Winds reached a speed of 145 miles per hour, killing between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals out of Galveston’s population of 37,000. On September 24, Thomas A. Edison sent a film crew to Galveston to record the aftermath of the storm, and part of that film is what you’re seeing here. The song, “Wasn’t that a Mighty Storm,” was written sometime later. The lyrics mention a seawall, but Galveston didn’t build a seawall until after the 1900 hurricane, and whoever wrote the song didn’t know that.