Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass
The hurricane's strength lay in its 100 mile-per-hour winds and the swiftly rising water that swept homes off their foundations and carried people and animals as far as 25 miles away. Eighty-six people, including entire families, were killed, and only two of 77 houses remained intact after the waters subsided. Stories of survival are documented as well, signifying the determination of residents to endure the storm.
Rescue and cleanup efforts began promptly, with the citizens of Beaumont, Orange, Galveston and Houston providing boats, rescue teams and financial assistance. Special legislative action provided tax relief for the storm-ravaged area, exempting citizens from payment of state and county taxes in 1886.
As one of several difficulties Sabine Pass faced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 1886 hurricane contributed significantly to the town's decline in the years to come.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission
Location. 29° 44.085′ N, 93° 53.632′ W. Marker is in Sabine Pass, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Broadway Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is one of several located within Lions Community Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sabine Pass TX 77655, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sabine Bank Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); City of Sabine and Sabine Pass (here, next to this marker); Spaight's 11th Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Fort Sabine (a few steps from this marker); Dick Dowling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beach Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish-American War Fortifications (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Manhassett (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sabine Pass.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.