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Aftermath Photos of Corpus Christi after the 1919 Florida Keys Hurricane that show extent of devastation

The 1919 Florida Keys hurricane in Texas was among the deadliest tropical cyclones along the Texas Coastal Bend. Beginning in the Leeward Islands, the storm moved west-northwestward and devastated the Florida Keys on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane caused widespread devastation across the region, further exacerbated by the large extent of its winds. Corpus Christi experienced the most extensive damage, contributing more than half of the damage toll; more than half of the confirmed fatalities were residents.

Corpus Christi and its immediate surroundings suffered the most damage from the hurricane. Two hundred and eighty-four of the 284 confirmed fatalities were Corpus Christi residents; 57 bodies were found in the city proper, while 121 were found in nearby White Point, the highest death toll of any area. The hurricane made landfall in Corpus Christi’s right-front quadrant, which usually contains the storm’s strongest winds and most powerful storm surges. There was an intense storm surge of 16 feet (4.9 meters) between September 14 and 15 in Corpus Christi from winds ranging between 70-110 mph (110-180 km/h).

There were people trapped inside homes and other buildings as the waves pounded at the walls. Floating in the water were wrecked houses, telephone poles, oil from ruptured tanks, and water-soaked cotton bales. People trapped inside buildings grabbed hold of whatever they could as improvised rafts. The hurricane destroyed over 900 buildings in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas. Several buildings in the downtown area and North Beach were destroyed. Some of the city’s businesses were destroyed below the promontory. Over 23 blocks of city beaches between Star Street and Dan Reid Street, 900 homes disintegrated, leaving only sporadic debris to remind them of their former existence. Only three structures remained intact on North Beach, one of which was the Spohn Sanitarium, where four people died. Storm surges carried many residents into Nueces Bay, where some drowned; others survived as the waves carried them to White Point. Many homes were destroyed along the beach.

The city asked Congress for assistance after the storm of 1919, but Congress denied it. However, the Texas Legislature approved an ad valorem tax for seven South Texas counties to help fill a storm protection fund. During the storm, former mayor Roy Miller lost his own home but sheltered his family at the Nueces Hotel. He was appointed to head a relief committee by his political rival, current mayor Gordon Boone. He began lobbying for a deepwater port in Corpus Christi as soon as relief efforts began.

Here are some historical photos of Corpus Christi that depict the devastation caused by the 1919 Florida Keys hurricane.

#1 Army Hospital after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Army Hospital after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#2 A damaged house in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

A damaged house in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#3 Buildings damaged in the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Buildings damaged in the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#4 Overturned cars on the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

Overturned cars on the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#5 Building after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Building after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

At the corner south of our house. the way things looked when we rolled in from Missouri - after lots of cleaning up had been done, our house located back of that house roof just below the X.

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#6 Flooded intersection of Chaparral and Taylor Streets after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Flooded intersection of Chaparral and Taylor Streets after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#7 Chaparral Street, flooded with a large pile of debis. Plaza Hotel stands to the right.

Chaparral Street, flooded with a large pile of debis. Plaza Hotel stands to the right.

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#8 Houses on Chaparral Street by the Seashore Club, 1919

Houses on Chaparral Street by the Seashore Club, 1919

Down by the Seashore Club (Loyd's Pier). Notice the pretty salt cedar from the arbor, also another if those big tree trunks.

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#9 A heavily-damaged two-story brick and concrete building, 1919

A heavily-damaged two-story brick and concrete building, 1919

You can see how close this is to the bay - just across a paved street - and see how bare it is all around. This was full of buildings, notice the thick brick walls covered with a concrete layer.

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#10 Piles of debris after the hurricane in 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Piles of debris after the hurricane in 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#11 Methodist Church and two other buildings standing after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Methodist Church and two other buildings standing after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#12 Homes, hotels and debris in Corpus Christi after the 1919 hurricane.

Homes, hotels and debris in Corpus Christi after the 1919 hurricane.

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#13 The damaged area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

The damaged area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

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#14 The concrete rubble and pilings where the Municipal Pier once stood before the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

The concrete rubble and pilings where the Municipal Pier once stood before the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

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#15 Group of Men and Women on the Beach, 1919

Group of Men and Women on the Beach, 1919

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#16 A concrete building that is half gone after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

A concrete building that is half gone after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#17 An unidentified orchard and garden in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

An unidentified orchard and garden in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

The garden is not flooded at time of photograph. Flowers are visible in foreground, strawberries to left, and about ten different kinds of trees including pepper and acacia. River is visible from back door looking north.

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#18 Deep flood waters on Peoples Street in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

Deep flood waters on Peoples Street in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

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#19 The remains of the causeway that once crossed the bay in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

The remains of the causeway that once crossed the bay in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

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#20 A damaged neighborhood in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

A damaged neighborhood in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#21 The causeway and railroad bridge near Corpus Christi after distruction of the 1919 hurricane.

The causeway and railroad bridge near Corpus Christi after distruction of the 1919 hurricane.

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#22 Looking towards the town from the bay area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

Looking towards the town from the bay area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

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#23 The remains of the old Winona Hotel in standing water after the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

The remains of the old Winona Hotel in standing water after the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

The four rooms of the old Winona Hotel that were left standing - sitting out in the street.

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#24 Two men standing knee deep in water before a home on Peoples Street in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

Two men standing knee deep in water before a home on Peoples Street in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

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#25 A house and a hotel that sustained damage from the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

A house and a hotel that sustained damage from the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#26 Buildings along the shoreline surrounded by debris after the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

Buildings along the shoreline surrounded by debris after the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

Somewhere among the wreckage there is a paved street running back to the bay and this street ran along by the Seaside Hotel where the pretty salr cedar arbor was and back toward the Pavilion Hotel out over the bay.

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#27 A house that has been heavily damaged by a hurricane in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1919.

A house that has been heavily damaged by a hurricane in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1919.

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#28 A house with a large sand bank behind it.

A house with a large sand bank behind it.

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#29 Two women and a man standing by the ruins of a house after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Two women and a man standing by the ruins of a house after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#30 A two-story house surrounded by debris from the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

A two-story house surrounded by debris from the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

Shingles and siding are torn from the house. Boards and bales of cotton are strewn about the area.

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#31 A two-story house whose front walls are missing.

A two-story house whose front walls are missing.

This is also brick covered with concrete. It is not stucco but hard concrete. This was one of the oldest houses here and was the same distance from the bay as the other - that is it was on the same side of Water St. But there were buildings across the street between it and the bay.

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#32 Wrecked homes and debris along Water Street after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Wrecked homes and debris along Water Street after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#33 Four or five cottages damaged in the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Four or five cottages damaged in the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#34 A number of homes that sustained damage during the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

A number of homes that sustained damage during the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#35 A man standing on a roof that lies on the ground after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

A man standing on a roof that lies on the ground after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#36 The remains of the ice factories in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

The remains of the ice factories in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#37 A house damaged in the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

A house damaged in the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#38 A house damaged in the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

A house damaged in the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#39 An unidentified brown cottage in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

An unidentified brown cottage in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

The cottage is falling apart after sustaining damage in the hurricane.

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#40 A number of houses off their foundations in the aftermath of the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

A number of houses off their foundations in the aftermath of the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#41 The Magnolia Petroleum Company, a two-story home and debris from the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

The Magnolia Petroleum Company, a two-story home and debris from the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#42 The Miller residence with damages sustained in the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

The Miller residence with damages sustained in the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#43 A woman standing on her back porch looking over the debris and wreckage left by the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

A woman standing on her back porch looking over the debris and wreckage left by the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#44 Boards from destroyed buildings along the North Beach area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

Boards from destroyed buildings along the North Beach area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

One building of the Spohn Sanitarium is in the right background of the photo. Inscription on the back of the photo, "Just a North Beach scene. Showing what is left of the Spohn Sanitarium.

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#45 The North Beach area after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

The North Beach area after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#46 Debris on the north beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

Debris on the north beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#47 Damaged Seaside Hotel with debris around it, 1919

Damaged Seaside Hotel with debris around it, 1919

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#48 A park in Corpus Christi, Texas that suffered great damage caused by a hurricane in 1919.

A park in Corpus Christi, Texas that suffered great damage caused by a hurricane in 1919.

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#49 Plaza Hotel with one side of the lower level missing. Two men are walking past the building.

Plaza Hotel with one side of the lower level missing. Two men are walking past the building.

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#50 Lone beach house after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Lone beach house after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#51 A heavily damaged hardware store after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. Brick walls have been demolished by the storm.

A heavily damaged hardware store after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. Brick walls have been demolished by the storm.

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#52 Debris and boards near the Bay Front after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Debris and boards near the Bay Front after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#53 Loyd’s House in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

Loyd's House in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#54 The Winona Hotel with a pole leaning in the foreground. This was taken after the hurricane that hit Corpus Christi in 1919.

The Winona Hotel with a pole leaning in the foreground. This was taken after the hurricane that hit Corpus Christi in 1919.

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#55 Two homes with a sand bank behind them after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Two homes with a sand bank behind them after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#56 Two women standing beside the damaged building at the Seaside Hotel after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Two women standing beside the damaged building at the Seaside Hotel after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

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#57 The destruction at the Seaside Hotel in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

The destruction at the Seaside Hotel in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919.

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#58 A couple homes left standing after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

A couple homes left standing after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#59 An overturned streetcar in the middle of the road in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

An overturned streetcar in the middle of the road in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#60 The Japonica sitting on the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

The Japonica sitting on the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#61 A boat, the Japonica, after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

A boat, the Japonica, after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#62 The Japonica wrecked on the shoreline. A small building stands precariously to the right, 1919

The Japonica wrecked on the shoreline. A small building stands precariously to the right, 1919

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#63 The rubble and debris at the Electric power plant after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

The rubble and debris at the Electric power plant after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#64 Wreckage out toward North Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

Wreckage out toward North Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas around the time of a hurricane in 1919.

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#65 Wreckage of the Causeway in Nueces Bay, 1919

Wreckage of the Causeway in Nueces Bay, 1919

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#66 A row of businesses that remain standing after the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

A row of businesses that remain standing after the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

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#67 Apartment house after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

Apartment house after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#68 A two-story home with large porch and balcony on the front.

A two-story home with large porch and balcony on the front.

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#69 Cotton Compress near the Municipal Pier.

Cotton Compress near the Municipal Pier.

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#70 A woman standing next to an automobile. There is a large fish hanging from the roof of the car. There is a house in the background.

A woman standing next to an automobile. There is a large fish hanging from the roof of the car. There is a house in the background.

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#71 Aftermath of the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

Aftermath of the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919.

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#72 Looking north from the roof of the Nueces Hotel, many buildings along Water Street were heavily damaged during the 1919 hurricane.

Looking north from the roof of the Nueces Hotel, many buildings along Water Street were heavily damaged during the 1919 hurricane.

The Nueces County Courthouse can be seen on the far right background. From the collection of survivor Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#73 Storm debris is piled into the streets of downtown Corpus Christi following the hurricane of Sept. 14, 1919. This is Mesquite and William streets, looking toward the bay.

Storm debris is piled into the streets of downtown Corpus Christi following the hurricane of Sept. 14, 1919. This is Mesquite and William streets, looking toward the bay.

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#74 Judge Henry McDonald’s house at 3312 Rincon was one of only three structures remaining on North Beach after the 1919 hurricane.

Judge Henry McDonald's house at 3312 Rincon was one of only three structures remaining on North Beach after the 1919 hurricane.

Spohn Sanitarium and U.S. General Hospital No. 15 (in the background) survived out of 200 residences originally on North Beach.

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#75 The Nueces County Courthouse, built in 1914, withstood the hurricane of 1919 and was a refuge for many residents whose homes were destroyed during the storm.

The Nueces County Courthouse, built in 1914, withstood the hurricane of 1919 and was a refuge for many residents whose homes were destroyed during the storm.

This is view of the courthouse from Aubrey Street, which is now Interstate Highway 37.

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#76 The Plaza Hotel in downtown Corpus Christi ner Artesian Park was pushed into Chaparral Street by debris and the storm surge from the hurricane that hit Sept. 14, 1919.

The Plaza Hotel in downtown Corpus Christi ner Artesian Park was pushed into Chaparral Street by debris and the storm surge from the hurricane that hit Sept. 14, 1919.

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#77 Wreckage on Water Street between Brewster and Carroll streets following the Sept. 14, 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Wreckage on Water Street between Brewster and Carroll streets following the Sept. 14, 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

The building on the far right was David Hirsch School that was badly damaged but later reopened. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#78 Debris left by the 1919 storm included bathtubs and sinks swept from homes.

Debris left by the 1919 storm included bathtubs and sinks swept from homes.

The brick building on the left was the Masonic Lodge at 904 N. Chaparral, the white building the Chapman Apartments and the pilings in the bay the remains of Loyd's Pier.

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#79 Looking down Laguna Street toward Corpus Christi Bay following the Sept. 14, 1919 hurricane. The streetcar is on Mesquite Street. Laguna Street is now John Sartain Street.

Looking down Laguna Street toward Corpus Christi Bay following the Sept. 14, 1919 hurricane. The streetcar is on Mesquite Street. Laguna Street is now John Sartain Street.

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#80 This photo was taken from the top of the Nueces Hotel looking south down Chaparral Street as men cleared debris following the 1919 hurricane.

This photo was taken from the top of the Nueces Hotel looking south down Chaparral Street as men cleared debris following the 1919 hurricane.

The cross street on the right is Schatzell Street. From the collection of survivor Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#81 The Magnolia Petroleum Co. auto supply and filling station at Mesquite and Taylor streets following the 1919 hurricane. The Gold Fish bar is currently at this location.

The Magnolia Petroleum Co. auto supply and filling station at Mesquite and Taylor streets following the 1919 hurricane. The Gold Fish bar is currently at this location.

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#82 Lumber and other debris buries the 700 block of Mesquite Street in downtown Corpus Christi after the 1919 hurricane. On the right is the Texas Motor Sales Co.

Lumber and other debris buries the 700 block of Mesquite Street in downtown Corpus Christi after the 1919 hurricane. On the right is the Texas Motor Sales Co.

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#83 E.H. Caldwell & Son was at the corner of William and Chaparral streets when the 1919 hurricane hit.

E.H. Caldwell & Son was at the corner of William and Chaparral streets when the 1919 hurricane hit.

The large objects on the left are cotton bales, which were pushed by storm waters from the municipal wharf and battered buildings.

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#84 Aransas Pass also suffered damage during the 1919 hurricane that destroyed North Beach and downtown Corpus Christi on Sept. 14.

Aransas Pass also suffered damage during the 1919 hurricane that destroyed North Beach and downtown Corpus Christi on Sept. 14.

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#85 The home of Mrs. F.M. Tatum at 1020 N. Chaparral Street withstood the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. From the collection of survivor Inez Hendrix Stairs.

The home of Mrs. F.M. Tatum at 1020 N. Chaparral Street withstood the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. From the collection of survivor Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#86 This image was shot as the storm surge began to push into Peoples Street between Mesquite and Chaparral streets during the 1919 hurricane.

This image was shot as the storm surge began to push into Peoples Street between Mesquite and Chaparral streets during the 1919 hurricane.

From the collection of survivor Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#87 The Nueces Hotel, labeled in the background, was a refuge for Corpus Christi during the 1919 hurricane as the streets filled with storm surge and debris.

The Nueces Hotel, labeled in the background, was a refuge for Corpus Christi during the 1919 hurricane as the streets filled with storm surge and debris.

The piling in the bay to the left are the remains of the Seaside Hotel.

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#88 Water Street looking south following the 1919 hurricane, the labeled home was 505 Water Street at the corner of Schatzell Street and the home of Eli Merriman, one of the Caller’s founders.

Water Street looking south following the 1919 hurricane, the labeled home was 505 Water Street at the corner of Schatzell Street and the home of Eli Merriman, one of the Caller's founders.

Also labeled is Lichtenstein's Department store.

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#89 The E.H. Caldwell & Son hardware and machinery warehouse at Chaparral and William streets in downtown Corpus Christi following the 1919 hurricane.

The E.H. Caldwell & Son hardware and machinery warehouse at Chaparral and William streets in downtown Corpus Christi following the 1919 hurricane.

The upper floor was the Colonial Room Apartments, where some furniture remained.

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#90 The Judge Henry McDonald home on North Beach was one of the few buildings to survive the 1919 hurricane.

The Judge Henry McDonald home on North Beach was one of the few buildings to survive the 1919 hurricane.

North Beach, at only 5 feet above sea level, was completely submerged during the storm surge.

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#91 Looking down Taylor Street toward Corpus Christi Bay following the 1919 hurricane.

Looking down Taylor Street toward Corpus Christi Bay following the 1919 hurricane.

The handwriting in the upper left indicates the First Baptist Church and was written by Inez Hendrix Stairs, who had many photos of the wreckage left by the storm.

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#92 Formerly the Beach Hotel, this was U.S. General Hospital No. 15 on North Beach after the 1919 hurricane.

Formerly the Beach Hotel, this was U.S. General Hospital No. 15 on North Beach after the 1919 hurricane.

The day after the storm hit, water was still flowing across the land as the storm surge in Nueces Bay drained back into Corpus Christi Bay.

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#93 Shirts are hung to dry outside Lichtenstein’s department store on Chaparral Street after the 1919 hurricane struck Corpus Christi.

Shirts are hung to dry outside Lichtenstein's department store on Chaparral Street after the 1919 hurricane struck Corpus Christi.

The taller building in the background is the Nueces Hotel. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#94 A cotton compress and warehouse lies in ruins after the 1919 hurricane that hit Corpus Christi on Sept. 14.

A cotton compress and warehouse lies in ruins after the 1919 hurricane that hit Corpus Christi on Sept. 14.

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#95 Debris from the 1919 hurricane stands in front of the Plaza Hotel on Chaparral Street. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

Debris from the 1919 hurricane stands in front of the Plaza Hotel on Chaparral Street. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#96 All that remained of the Seaside Pavilion Hotel were pilings following the hurricane of Sept. 14, 1919 in Corpus Christi.

All that remained of the Seaside Pavilion Hotel were pilings following the hurricane of Sept. 14, 1919 in Corpus Christi.

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#97 Spohn Sanitarium on North Beach (labeled hospital), one of only three buildings that survived the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Spohn Sanitarium on North Beach (labeled hospital), one of only three buildings that survived the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

In the far distance is Judge Henry McDonald's home and U.S. General Hospital No. 15. The sanitarium is where the Texas State Aquarium stands now. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#98 This was the San Antonio Machine & Supply Co. (SAMSCO) warehouse between Water and Chaparral streets near Coopers Alley.

This was the San Antonio Machine & Supply Co. (SAMSCO) warehouse between Water and Chaparral streets near Coopers Alley.

The building was across from the Municipal Wharf and when the hurricane hit on Sept. 14, 1919, the debris and cotton bales from the wharf acted like battering rams. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#99 The cotton compress at the Municipal Wharf in downtown Corpus Christi was destroyed during the 1919 hurricane. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

The cotton compress at the Municipal Wharf in downtown Corpus Christi was destroyed during the 1919 hurricane. From the collection of Inez Hendrix Stairs.

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#100 The view of Corpus Christi from Chaparral and Starr streets circa 1913.

The view of Corpus Christi from Chaparral and Starr streets circa 1913.

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#101 This image shows downtown Corpus Christi between Belden and Palo Alto streets.

This image shows downtown Corpus Christi between Belden and Palo Alto streets.

This photo was taken before the 1919 hurricane washed out the area. Water Street starts in the center and heads right.

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#102 Hardin Court at 1800 Water Street at Brewster Street. The courts extended out into the water. It was wiped away by the 1919 hurricane.

Hardin Court at 1800 Water Street at Brewster Street. The courts extended out into the water. It was wiped away by the 1919 hurricane.

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#103 Cadets at the John Paul Jones Naval Institute around 1915 (building not pictured), which later became U.S. General Hospital No. 15.

Cadets at the John Paul Jones Naval Institute around 1915 (building not pictured), which later became U.S. General Hospital No. 15.

The hospital and the large white home with the porches, the Judge Henry McDonald home, survived the 1919 hurricane on North Beach. None of the other buildings pictured survived.

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#104 Two men wade onto Peoples Street as water begins to push into the streets as the 1919 hurricane approached.

Two men wade onto Peoples Street as water begins to push into the streets as the 1919 hurricane approached.

The storm surge reached 12 feet in downtown Corpus Christi, with high water marks up to 16 feet.

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#105 The wreckage from the 1919 hurricane was piled at the edge of Hall’s Bayou.

The wreckage from the 1919 hurricane was piled at the edge of Hall's Bayou.

In the distance is Spohn Sanitarium on North Beach. Hall's Bayou was eventually dredged to create the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi.

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