The 1900 Storm in Google Earth

Welcome to Rosenberg Library’s presentation of The 1900 Galveston Storm in Google Earth, an educational and entertaining project conceived and developed by Thomas Green in collaboration with the Galveston and Texas History Center.

The project lends geographic organization to the History Center’s outstanding collection of images that depict the aftermath of the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, destroying over 3,600 houses and killing upwards of 8,000 people on Galveston Island. The project also records the city’s efforts to protect itself against future storms through the construction of a 17-foot Seawall and the raising of 40 city blocks.

The 1900 Galveston Storm in Google Earth requires installation of free software on your computer – Google Earth 5.0 or later. Instructions for downloading and installing Google Earth are given below, along with other helpful links, including Google’s tutorial for using Google Earth software.

The project key is the navigation pane on the left of the Google Earth screen. The buttons activate each of three modules that map images of Galveston before the 1900 Storm, immediately after the hurricane, and during the grade raising. In addition, there is a map overlay that provides a view of what Galveston was like after the Storm. After you have installed Google Earth, download the Galveston Storm presentation here:

Galveston Storm of 1900 in Google Earth

Screenshot of the project:

Screenshot of the project.

Icons to look for:

Maritime icon
Religious icon
Residential icon
Civic icon
Business icon
Hospital icon
Other icon

We hope you find this Google Earth project both helpful and exciting. Please visit the other Galveston & Texas History Center online exhibits by clicking here.

Download and install Google Earth software:

Download Google Earth Download & Install Google Earth

If you are using a public internet access computer in the Rosenberg Library Computer Lab, you can skip this step and go directly to the button above for the Galveston Storm of 1900 in Google Earth.

If you don’t understand how to download and install a program, click here.

Google Earth Tutorials

Click the Google Earth Tutorials button above if you are unfamiliar with Google Earth and want help using the program.

After you have installed Google Earth, view the Galveston Storm of 1900 project by downloading it here:

Galveston Storm of 1900 in Google Earth

Other helpful Google Earth links:

Google Earth Blog

Google Maps

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