100 years ago: aftermath of the snow storm of ’16

The 1916 snow storm was no ordinary event for coastal dwellers of the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps the most famous damage was from the still-young St James Cathedral in Seattle. Everett had its own drama, with the city shut down for all practical purposes.

Schools were closed, until the correct signal came blasting from whistles. Nope, the radio was barely started and you could not phone onto a hotline in those days.

Trains were shoved into Puget Sound, and horses fared better then the new-fangled “horseless carriages”. It took 22 days before train service over the Cascades was restored.

Read all about it from the Herald, thanks to Dave Ramstad research!

 

Peterson Furniture sale after cave-in
Peterson Furniture sale after cave-in
Snow and Mud Slides Feb 8 1916
Snow and Mud Slides Feb 8 1916
Whistle to Blow if School Feb 7 1916
Whistle to Blow if School Feb 7 1916
Worst Storm Indian Saw Feb 7 1916
Worst Storm Indian Saw Feb 7 1916
Service Resuming Feb 5 1916
Service Resuming Feb 5 1916
GN open over Pass   Feb 23 1916
GN open over Pass Feb 23 1916

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