1913 : “The Greatest Cataclysm In American History”

I knew that 1913 was bad, but I had no idea how bad it was before this evening. Record heat, floods and tornadoes wreaked devastation across the US. It would require an entire book to document it. So I am going to list a few things in no particular order. This web page has an excellent compilation.

The world’s record temperature of 134F was set in California on July 10, 1913.


From August 1 to September 7, 1913 Nebraska was over 100 degrees every day but one.

On this date in 1913, it was 111 degrees in Nebraska.


03 Jul 1913, Page 2 – The Logan Republican at Newspapers.com

Omaha was devastated by a tornado earlier in the year.


Easter Sunday brought tornadoes from coast to coast.

The true story of our national calamity of flood, fire and tornado … – Logan Marshall – Google Books

The worst flooding in Ohio history also occurred in 1913.

Kansas had their “worst drought in history”

18 Aug 1913 – DROUGHT IN KANSAS. – Trove

As did the worst flooding in Texas history. This picture was taken near where I bought my first house – in Richmond, Texas. The flood crest was 56 feet on December 11, 1913.

09 Dec 1913, 3 – The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com

28 Mar 1913, 6 – The Baltimore Sun at Newspapers.com

27 Mar 1913, Page 1 – The Washington Post at Newspapers.com

27 Mar 1913, Page 1 – Harrisburg Telegraph at Newspapers.com

24 Mar 1913, 1 – Evening Times-Republican at Newspapers.com

25 Mar 1913, Page 5 – Reading Times at Newspapers.com

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22 Responses to 1913 : “The Greatest Cataclysm In American History”

  1. Larry Brennan says:

    How easy to forget or ignore the tragedies of earlier years. Sometime in the mid-Fifties, I remember looking at an old book in the Orlando library that had pictures of flood damage along the Ohio River and other disasters. It might have been the book shown here, since the year 1913 is significant to me.
    1913 was the year my father was born in Brooklyn, in the last ten days of the Taft administration. In the year he turned six, his father was killed by a hit-and-run driver and his older brother and only sibling dead of the Spanish flu.

  2. Ted Meyer MD says:

    Tony. I’ll probably keep reading other posts that refute the theory of AGW if you ever stop publishing, but I know that I won’t enjoy it nearly as much. I don’t know of anyone else (and I read climate articles all over the internet every day) with the combined ability to present understandable data to the masses and to uncover troves of information from a multitude of primary sources that prove your point. You are a virtuoso at this, and I thank you most humbly.

  3. Robertv says:

    1913 We The People became slaves again.

    December 23, 1913, I suppose they were to busy recovering from all that nightmare to butter what happend in the capital of the US.

    • Gator says:

      Yes. And we are slaves to food, slaves to sleep, slaves to water, slaves to time…

    • Robertv says:

      ‘The U.S. Congress established three key objectives for monetary policy in the Federal Reserve Act: maximizing employment, stabilizing prices, and moderating long-term interest rates.’

      How did that work out?

      You can still buy the same stuff with 100 dollars as you could in 1913 like 4 ounces of gold.

      • Gator says:

        I don’t buy gold.

        I buy trucks, houses, food, land, medicine, electronics, furniture, bird feeders, guns, ammo, clothes, etc…

        Things have worked out well for me, sorry you are miserable.

      • arn says:

        1913 was a bad year by all means.

        The IRS was created(at the same time as the FED-amazing coiincidence)
        and the ADL.

        The “best” thing about the FED.
        It was created to prevent crisis and to avoid bankruption of banks.
        In less than 2 decades the biggest economical crisis ever occured and more banks closed than in all the pre-FED era.

        Besides that ,the dollar lost 95% of its values within 100 years,
        while losing only 0.5% in the previous 140years(= less than 0.004% annual inflation)

        • Gator says:

          £1 in 1900 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £116.84 in 2017, a difference of £115.84 over 117 years.


          $1 in 1900 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $29.18 in 2017, a difference of $28.18 over 117 years.


          • arn says:

            The “secret” to this “success”(though i doubt a bad thing is got when worse exist)
            is that the pound lost its domination world wide and was replaced by the dollar as reserve currency
            and the only reason the dollar did not decline in a similar way was the petro dollar trick- forcing other countries to buy oil with dollars and create an articicial demand and export inflation through the backdoor to other countries.

            Wait till the dollar loses its petro status
            and then let”s take a look again.
            (=the pound took a huge hit by George Soros speculations.I doubt he would dare/survive this with the US dollar)

          • Gator says:


            I invested all my money in land. Ill be fine.

          • Robertv says:

            As long as you can afford the property tax and the coming wealth tax (next democratic president) you are ok.

          • Gator says:

            I’m fine. Death and taxes Robert. Adults plan for them.

            Or you could whine and moan. Or you could move.

            If you find taxes so abhorrent, why haven’t you moved?

        • Bob Webster says:

          Spot on!

          Woodrow Wilson is the worst president in US history. Fed, IRS (illicitly “passed” 16th Amendment), and illicitly “passed” 17th Amendment.’

          It’s what “Progressives” do… destroy, lie, cheat. All designed to rewrite our Constitution to give power to government and extract it from individuals.

          Those who nod approval because they perceive it hasn’t harmed them are fools laying the foundation for the Venezuelization of the USA.

        • Robertv says:

          Indeed power was expensive in 1900. Luckily for normal folks it became cheaper and cheaper until it became so cheap people could invent/buy electric powered tools like refrigerators and washing machines to make life more enjoyable (and longer than the average 47 years for men and 50 years for women in 1900).
          Progressives like Obama or AOC hate that and want energy to skyrocket. That would really make life miserable and much shorter again.

  4. Bob Hoye says:

    The original promoters of the Fed understood that a financial crisis preceded a recession. With the Federal Reserve System as “lender of last resort”, such crises could be prevented. Which would prevent recessions.
    There has been 18 recessions since the Fed opened its doors for business in January 1914.
    In the 1960s macro-economists with mainframe computer “modeling” boasted that they could prevent recessions. Another is close to starting.
    The reason it was grandly labeled as the Federal Reserve System was that it could not be called a central bank. The US had had two such experiments previously and they were held in memory as disasters.
    The next disastrous step was Keynesian economics becoming dominant. This was not based upon logic, which he was bereft of, but because intervention enhanced the power and revenues of the state.
    Just as “Climate Hysteria” has been employed.
    State promotions are about to be seriously tested.
    That the state can “manage” the economy and prevent recessions, and that the state can “manage” the temperature of the nearest planet.
    And both this winter.

  5. Wayne says:

    Thanks, Tony, for making the rest of us aware of the historical facts. It amazes me how willfully our supposed scientists ignore this documented evidence.

  6. Bob Webster says:

    Tony, you are a rock and a fountain of very helpful information.

    It is VERY much appreciated by those working tirelessly for TRUTH to prevail over the greatest scientific hoax ever perpetrated. Climate change fraud makes the Piltdown Man look like a childish prank. Your work with “homogenization” is outstanding and very helpful.


  7. Johansen says:

    Incredible! Kids in the U.S. are forced to slog through “Kill a Mockingbird” and “Scarlett Letter”. This is way better than fiction, and illustrates so much… I’m going to use this material, somehow

  8. Gator says:

    AOC says she knows history better…

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made some bold claims in her latest Instagram Live video, suggesting millennials and Generation Z are better “informed” and more well-versed in history than past generations — and, apparently forgetting about the turbulent ’60s, are the first “willing to go to the streets” and challenge their government.


    Her comment creates an incredibly target rich environment or those of us who actually know our history, and those of us who are actually against Big Brother.

    AOC is why we used to say “seen and not heard”, when it comes to children.

  9. Yonason says:

    Some sobering thoughts in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Thanks, Tony.

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