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The Great Blizzard of 1888

As we gear up for another snowstorm in the coming days, I can’t help but look back at the Blizzard of 1888 and feel a lot better about the few inches of snow we will be seeing this weekend and the powerful snow plows we have now! Here are some fantastic images of Manchester, New Hampshire during the Great Blizzard of 1888 provided by the Manchester Historic Association!

1888 near city hall on elm
In Front of City Hall

Known as one of the deadliest snow storms in New England’s history, the Blizzard of 1888 showed no mercy to the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. With record highs of snowfall up to 5 feet in some areas, it was the hearty citizens of Manchester that dug out homes, roadways and sidewalks with nothing but shovels. This back breaking work included many rescue missions, recovering the bodies of those who were overcome by the rapidly falling snow and chilling winds that claimed the lives of 400 people in New England.

Downtown Manchester After the Blizzard

As the snow began to fall on March 11th, 1888, residence watched this powerful blizzard encapsulate their city for a total of three days, ending on March 14th, 1888. Without any power, food or supplies people took shelter in homes that would eventually become snowed in. As times have changed, we now have modern technology and equipment to help us brave the elements and clear the snow away and for that, I think we are all very thankful!

Elm Street
snow 1888
Men and Children Shoveling Snow

From all of us at Intown Manchester, we hope you stay safe and warm during this weekend’s snowfall!

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