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Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Goliad Tornado of 1902

 
 
Goliad Tornado of 1902 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
1. Goliad Tornado of 1902 Marker
Inscription. A cyclone, considered one of the two most disastrous in Texas history, struck Goliad on Sunday, May 18, 1902. The twister touched down on the south side of the San Antonio River at 3:35 p.m. Sounding like a heavily loaded freight train, the storm ripped a mile long, half-mile wide path across the northwest section of town, destroying over 100 homes and leaving an official death toll of 114. At least 50 members of a black Methodist church died when their sanctuary was razed. After the disaster, the Goliad County Courthouse served as a temporary hospital and morgue.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2207.)
 
Location. 28° 39.973′ N, 97° 23.508′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is on North Courthouse Square, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on the Courthouse Square between South Commercial Street and South Market Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 North Courthouse Square, Goliad TX 77963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hanging Tree (a few steps from this marker); Regulators of Goliad County (within shouting distance of this
Goliad Tornado of 1902 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
2. Goliad Tornado of 1902 Marker
marker); Santa Anna's Surrender Ratified (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Rafael Antonio Manchola (within shouting distance of this marker); Goliad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zúñiga (approx. 0.7 miles away); Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (approx. 1.4 miles away); Manuel Becerra (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goliad.
 
Also see . . .  Goliad, Texas Tornado, May 1902. A Summit County Journal Article from 5/24/1902
Houston, Texas, May 18. --- At 3:45 this afternoon a tornado struck the beautiful and historical town of Goliad and left death and desolation in its pathway beyond the power of pen to portray. (Submitted on August 9, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Goliad County Courthouse - North Face image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
3. Goliad County Courthouse - North Face
Served as a temporary hospital and morgue following the tornado.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,901 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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