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.
Insane Photos From the Blizzard of 1888
Here's hoping the upcoming "Blizzard of the Century" won't be this bad
Jan 22, 2016
Jake Offenhartz - Staff Writer
A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Jake Offenhartz is a staff writer at HistoryBuff with a degree in public policy, a background in public radio, and a love of U.S. history. He lives in Brooklyn with six roommates and a border collie.