On this day in 1873...


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."

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