Drawing on family interviews and memoirs, as well as hundreds of contemporary accounts, here is a meticulous account of the blizzard of January 12, 1888, which killed some 500 settlers in Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota--many of them children lost on their way home from school.Drawing on family interviews and memoirs, as well as hundreds of contemporary accounts, here is a meticulous account of the blizzard of January 12, 1888, which killed some 500 settlers in Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota--many of them children lost on their way home from school.Read Less
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This is about the blizzard annd massive cold front that hit the Minn.,Dakota area in 1887. It struck very quickly,fooling the weather bureau,which was still in its infancy.It also surprise many farmers. It hit, for some, just after kids left for school; and, for others, as the kids were leaving school.
Immediately, the temperature dropped 40-50 degrees, and high winds whipped ice and dirt into faces.
Hundreds of children were frozen, dropping in their steps. Others, were able to get cover, but hundreds lost toes, feet, ears, and fingers.
The story follows several familes, therefore, getting you involved(as the reader). So you are caught up in the story.
Nov 18, 2010
Well Researched, Highly Readable
The story is a grim but fascinating one, and it is a powerful example of the power of the weather of the Great Plains and how ill-prepared some settlers were to face it.
Apr 3, 2007
Compelling and intelligent, 'The Children's Blizzard' is definately worth reading. The structure is rich and clear without being dry or overly technical, a feat considering how much explanation of weather is included. From begining to end this history reads more like a 'story' that is told so well that, despite knowing how it ends, the reader is compelled to follow each stage and twist of the tale rather than skimming forward to 'get to the point.'
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