Details for Goliad Tornado of 1902 (Atlas Number 5175002207)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5175002207


Marker Number 2207
Atlas Number 5175002207
Marker Title Goliad Tornado of 1902
Index Entry Goliad Tornado of 1902
City Goliad
County Goliad
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 657096
UTM Northing 3171975
Subject Codes weather topics
Marker Year 1978
Marker Location Courthouse Square, S. Market Street, Goliad.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A cyclone, considered one of the two most disastrous in Texas history, struck Goliad on Sunday, May 18, 1902. The twister touched down on the south side of the San Antonio River at 3:35 p.m. Sounding like a heavily loaded freight train, the storm ripped a mile long, half-mile wide path across the northwest section of town, destroying over 100 homes and leaving an official death toll of 114. At least 50 members of a black Methodist church died when their sanctuary was razed. After the disaster, the Goliad County courthouse served as a temporary hospital and morgue. (1978) Incise in base: Marker sponsor: Goliad Rotary Club, 1978