Traces of Texas reader Bob Moore sent in this rather amazing photograph of a damaged building in Galveston after the 1900 hurricane struck. It was taken by his grandmother, who was 16 years old at the time.
13 Vintage Photos of Hurricanes and Their Aftermath
Texas City explosion from Galveston, 1947, the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions. Originating with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp, 2,300 tons ( of ammonium nitrate detonated, with the initial blast and further fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities killing at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department.