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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.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
 
Location. 28° 39.96′ N, 97° 23.545′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is on South Commercial Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the Courthouse Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 127 North Courthouse Square, Goliad TX 77963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Goliad Tornado of 1902 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
2. Goliad Tornado of 1902 Marker
. Goliad County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hanging Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Bull Durham Tobacco Wall Advertisement (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Anna's Surrender Ratified (within shouting distance of this marker); John Mason Brewer (within shouting distance of this marker); Regulators of Goliad County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Rafael Antonio Manchola (about 300 feet away); The Goliad Advance-Guard (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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.) 
 
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 was last revised on April 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,103 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   3. submitted on August 9, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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