Buckeye Blizzard: Ohio and the 1950 Thanksgiving Storm

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When a team of experts from The Weather Channel selected the “Top Ten Storms of the 20th Century, the 1950 Blizzard ranked 8th on their list. The Thanksgiving storm claimed 278 lives, including 55 in Ohio. For three days the Buckeye State was virtually shut down as motorists abandoned 20,000 vehicles along the state’s highways.

This is the story of how people coped with the storm and the 40-inch snowfall and drifts of 20 feet or more it produced. Based on 200 personal interviews and numerous newspaper accounts, it includes chapters on both cities and farms. A highlight is a chapter concerning the Ohio State-Michigan “Snow Bowl,” including interviews with players from both teams.

Customer Review

“Even though this book is not available through amazon as new, I ordered it in paperback form through a competitor and give it 5 stars, I noted “strange weather” in my title because storms of this severity are not common to Ohio, and are extremely rare for southeast michigan, where I am, although not much is mentioned about Michigan, because, as usual, Michigan missed this one, but it came close.The book starts off good with the causes, from a weather watchers view of how it all came about,brief explanation, but it is there,a necessity if you are really interested in weather and understand it, and follow it.The book gives a lot of story to people in different situations in the storm and how it affected them and some of the things they endured,Iknow this storm had to have an effect on western Pennsylvania and there is some mention of it in the book, I would’ve liked more, but then again, it’s about Ohio, not Pennsylvania, see, at the time I was a 2 year old in Altoona, and from old pictures of me at the time, I belive this was the storm that these pictures of me were taken in.Speaking of pictures, there is a section in the book with some old black and white pictures shown of several locations in Ohio, from small town to big cities.It’s too bad there aren’t more books like this about some big winter storms.This is a good book to have if you like reading weather stories.A couple of the more interesting things mentioned are that many people got around on horses and farm tractors and upside down kitchen tables being pulled by someone or something because the cars couldn’t make it.” -T.P.M.

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Product Details

Paperback: 145 pages
Publisher: Gateway Press (August 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0970905904
ISBN-13: 978-0970905901

Flood of Tears: Wegee Creek, Pipe Creek, and Beyond

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On June 14, 1990, two powerful storm systems merged and stalled over the steep hills of Belmont County, Ohio. In a short time they produced over five inches  of rainfall. Soon, with virtually no warning, walls of water as high as twenty feet roared down the narrow valley of Pipe and Wegee Creeks. The flash floods left 26 people dead, destroyed 87 homes, and damaged another 750. Total dmage exceeded eight million dollars.

Flood of Tears tells the story of those floods and the rescue and recovery efforts that followed. Based on over 120 personal interviews and numerous newspaper accounts, it recounts tales of tragedy and miraculous stories of survival.

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Paperback: 125 pages
Publisher: Gateway Press (January 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0970905947
ISBN-13: 978-0970905949

Buckeye 49ers: Gold Seekers of the Muskingum and Ohio Valleys

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In 1848 gold was discovered at John Sutter’s mill in northern California. The next year thousands of “49ers” headed west, hoping to strike it rich in the gold fields. “Buckeye 49ers” tells the stories of those who went from southeastern Ohio. The accounts come directly from their diaries and letters home. They detail the men’s experiences en route, some going by sea, others as parts of wagon trains, and in the California “diggings.”

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Paperback: 123

Product Details

Paperback: 123 pages
Publisher: Gateway Press (January 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0970905939
ISBN-13: 978-0970905932