The Great White hurricane, train surrounded by snow

The “Great White Hurricane,” March 11, 1888

The “Great White Hurricane” of 1888 struck on the night of March 11 and continued furiously for two days, dumping as much as 60 inches of snow on parts of the Northeast. It was one of the worst blizzards in U.S. history, killing 400 and paralyzing the East Coast from the Chesapeake to Maine.

The North Shore escaped the brunt of the Great White Hurricane
Northampton, Mass. Smith College Archives.
Northampton, Massachusetts during the Great White Hurricane


2 thoughts on “The “Great White Hurricane,” March 11, 1888”

  1. Gordon, I don’t know where you keep digging up this wonderfully interesting history but I am so pleased that you do. Thank you.

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