The Great Blizzard of 1888
March 12, 2008 10:42 AM Subscribe
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According to the breathless headline in the New York Times, it was "THE WORST STORM THE CITY HAS EVER KNOWN. BUSINESS AND TRAVEL COMPLETELY SUSPENDED. NEW-YORK HELPLESS IN A TORNADO OF WIND AND SNOW WHICH PARALYZED ALL INDUSTRY, ISOLATED THE CITY FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, CAUSED MANY ACCIDENTS AND GREAT DISCOMFORT, AND EXPOSED IT TO MANY DANGERS."
It became known as The Great Blizzard of 1888, and it occurred on this date, March 12, 1888.The Great Blizzard of 1888,
also called The Great White Hurricaine, was a classic nor'easter.
It raged for 3 days and completely paralyzed New York and New England, dumping more than 40" of snow and leaving several million residents in several states without access to food, stores, or transportation.
It also had at least two notable lasting effects: because the storm wreaked havoc on New York City's burgeoning but vulnerable spiderweb of power and telegraph wires, it helped spur New York City's decision to place those wires underground,
and it also lead the city of Boston to develop its subway system.