Bosque Co., TX Area Storm, Sept 1887

Bosque Co., TX Area Storm, Sept 1887

Bad Rains.

Chicago, Sept 1. – A Times special from Morgan, Texas, says: The hardest rain that ever fell in this county began Tuesday night and has continued without cessation. The damage to farmers in the low valley lands in every portion of the county is estimated thousands of dollars. The Texas Central and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railways are badly damaged, and it will be many days before either of them can move trains.

The following business houses, with all the goods, went down Bosque River: Sellers & Hamilton’s dry goods store; San Franks, groceries; M. McHall, groceries; J. J. Justice, saddle shop; Anderson’s furniture store and three cotton mills. Nine residences were washed away. Besides these houses, which are entirely gone, every house in the town is damaged. Life is all that many of the citizens have left.

At Whitney, twenty-two miles east, in Hill County, a number of houses were washed away.

At Meridian, a man whose name could not be learned, was swimming to his house to try and save some of the contents, when the water became to swift for his strength, forcing him into the current and drowning him.

Between here and Cleburne, a distance of thirty miles, there are eight washouts on the Santa Fe road. Three of the number are the large iron bridges, which span the Nolan river at different points on the Texas Central, between Morgan and Whitney. Two large iron bridges which have stood the storms for years are completely destroyed.

Between here and (illegible,) on the Central road, thirty-one miles distant, there are eleven bridges washed away.

The loss to the railroad is over $100,000. No estimate can yet be made of the loss on small towns and to the farms.

The Evening Journal, Jersey City, NJ 2 Sept 1887