Seattleites collect more than $2,000 to aid victims of Galveston, Texas, hurricane on September 24, 1900.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 1945
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On September 24, 1900, Seattle residents donate $2011 to the survivors of a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900. More than 5,000 persons died when the storm hit the low lying island on the Gulf of Mexico, making it the worst natural disaster in U.S. history

The campaign began on September 12, 1900, with a proclamation from Mayor Thomas J. Humes. The two daily newspapers, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times, managed the collections.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 13, 1900, p. 5; Ibid., September 24, 1900, p. 4.

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