The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 247
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THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 247
hurricane and encroachment of the Gulf waters, the above section
suffered the most in being swept as clean as a desert. Another
area extending east to Thirteenth street and south of Broadway to
the Gulf suffered greatly, and few of the buildings withstood the
storm, none without being damaged to a more or less extent. From
Tremont street and Avenue P'2 the wind came northward for
about two blocks and then cut across westward to the extreme
limits of the city; in fact, swept clear on down the island for many
miles. The path of the levelled ground west from Avenue P
cleared the several blocks, extending south to the beach and west
to Twenty-seventh street. It cut diagonally southwest on a straight
line within three blocks of the beach and down west on the beach
many miles beyond the city limits. This does not mean that the
path of the storm was confined to this stretch of territory-not by
any means. There were many blocks in the centre of the city
almost totally demolished by the fury of the wind and sea, but the
above long line of about four miles of the city proper and many
miles of country land were swept clean of buildings and all other
NO VESTAGE LEFT OF BUILDINGS.
A few of the piles that once supported the street-railway trestle
extending from Centre street to Tremont street on the beach are
all that remains to mark the curved line of right-of-way. Not a
vestage of the three large bath-houses of Keef's Pagoda and Murdock
is to be seen.
The Midway, with its many old shacks and frame houses, concert
halls and other resorts, was swept to the sea, and the Gulf
now plays twenty feet north of where the Midway marked the
beach line. The Olympia-by-the Sea likewise fell an early prey to
the storm, and the surf which formerly kissed the elevated floor of
the Olympia now sweeps across the electric railway track about
fifteen feet north of the big circular building. On Tremont street
and Avenue P' two buildings stand, or rather two structures mark
where two frame buildings battled with the raging elements. The
two houses were occupied by Mr. Joseph Magilavaca and family
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/303/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .