Troy, NY Avalanche, May 1846


Another avalanche occurred on Saturday, in the immediate environs of this city, for which Troy has become famous. Two men were instantly killed, together with a pair of fine horses. It was near the former avalanche, on the opposite side of a small stream, and a block of brick houses. Nearly three hundred feet of abrupt hill, of clay soil, came down with irresistible force, and had it not been for a brief warning, a great number of laborers would have been buried up, who were digging away the hill. The two who were killed ran some distance, but, supposing they were beyond the reach of danger, stopped to look back, and were caught by the terriffic avalanche. The owner of the horses saw the earth coming down, and attempted to get his team beyond reach, but seeing it impossible, he barely had time to save himself. The avalanche occurred about two o'clock, but at dark, although a great number of men had been at work all the afternoon, the bodies had not been recovered -- the horses had been reached. One of the men left a family of a wife and six children. Other avalanches are threatening near the old one, and yet, with stupid perseverance, they continue to undermine the hill.

Janesville Gazette Wisconsin 1846-05-09