Skip to main content

On this day in 1873...

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The blizzard of 1873 strikes, leaving central and southern Minnesota in shambles, and at least people 70 people dead.

A few tales from the horrific, three-day event according to the Minnesota Historical Society:

In New Ulm, thanks to temperatures that reached nearly 50-below zero and were accompanied by 75-mile-per-hour winds, a young boy is unable to find his way across the street from a barn to his house, and freezes to death, later found eight miles away. The low visibility and strong gusts are believed to be the culprit for his passing.

In central Minnesota, a man and his oxen freeze to death just 10 feet from his house, as the winds and frigid temperatures prevent him from making it the last short distance to safety.

After all is said and done, cattle deaths reach well into triple digits, trains remained halted for nearly five full days thanks to high drifts, and the event would be termed "the storm from hell."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 11.43.15 AM

Deputies fatally shoot man in Wright County

Police claim the man, who had allegedly been experiencing a mental health crisis, was armed with a knife.

Ambulance hospital emergency

17-year-old killed in northern Minnesota crash Saturday

The other drive involved in the crash, a 75-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries.


Alcohol a factor as driver rolls ATV into corn field, injuring 3

The crash occurred in Lake Lillian Saturday night.

Minneapolis police

Man dies after being found shot at Minneapolis' 38th and Chicago

Responders were called to the scene early Sunday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 6.34.12 AM

7 children arrested after 'disturbance' at Cabela's, escape in stolen vehicle

Employees called police saying the children were stealing goods from the store.

Screen Shot 2022-08-06 at 6.16.49 PM

Fire sparks evacuation from apartment building, man arrested for arson

Police and fire crews responded to the fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Flickr - utility pole power line

Morning storms cause power outages, ensuing problems in Eagan

There have been reports of disabled traffic lights and issues at local businesses.

kim crockett facebook sos

GOP nominee questions if those with disabilities, non-English speakers should be able to vote

Crockett made the comments in a 2020 radio interview following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court.


Jury: MN pharmacist did not violate woman's rights by refusing her morning-after pill

Gender Justice, the advocacy group that brought about the lawsuit, says it will appeal the decision.

Screen Shot 2021-10-04 at 3.03.13 PM

Revival to close its original Minneapolis restaurant

Don't worry – it's bringing the chicken to its nearby BBQ joint.