With much of the East Coast gearing up for 'The Blizzard of the Ages', we figured we'd take the opportunity to pull out some old photos from another storm of truly historic significance. In March of 1888, a devastating blizzard barreled through the Northeast, breaking just about every storm record and earning the nickname "The Great White Hurricane." New York City was hit particularly hard, forcing the Stock Exchange shut down for the first time in history and bringing the modern metropolis to an unprecedented halt. The damage to overhead telegraph, electric, and telephone wires was so bad that, in the storm's aftermath, Mayor Hugh Grant ordered the lines be buried underground. Here's a look back at that legendary blizzard of 1888. 

Snowbanks on Madison Avenue

Overhead Wires Covered in Snow, Downtown NYC

45th Street and Grand Central Depot

Park Place in BrooklynPark Place in Brooklyn, March 14

New Britain, Connecticut

New Britain, Connecticut

A Family in Brooklyn

Downed Wires in Greenwich Village

14th Street, "Just after the storm"

All photos via New York Historical Society and Wikipedia