3. The Children's Blizzard

Photographer: Unknown

Year: January 1888

Location: Midwest

Casualties: 235

This storm hit the plains states in the Midwestern U.S. quickly and and ferociously in the afternoon of an otherwise relatively warm January day. It was not as forceful as the Great White Hurricane that followed it only two months later, it took a great toll because it took the region by surprise. People out and about in their daily lives were unprepared and found themselves caught in the storm or stranded at work or school. Many teachers bravely attempted to lead their classes to safety through the severe conditions, and some succeeded. Others were not so lucky, and the storm has been dubbed the Children's Blizzard or Schoolhouse Blizzard for the sad reality that many of the casualties were children.