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Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass

 
 
1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
1. 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass Marker
Inscription. In October 1886, Sabine Pass was the second largest town in Jefferson County, boasting a new rail line and an optimistic outlook on continued growth as a major coastal port. On the afternoon of October 12, just two months after a hurricane had destroyed the Texas port of Indianola (200 mi. SW), a fierce storm ravaged the town of 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
1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
2. 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass Marker
Markers visible in this photo from left to right are Fort Sabine, Sam Houston City of Sabine Sesquicentennial Monument, City of Sabine and Sabine Pass, and 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass.
. (Marker Number 12425.)
 
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.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
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 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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