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Mark Simonson

March 16, 2013

Area isolated during historic March 1888 snowstorm


While the Blizzard of 1888 was historic and challenging to our area, there had been a tougher one still in memories of many, described on March 13.

“The recent snow…is spoken of as quite remarkable, but when compared to the snow fall of April 14, 1857, seems hardly worth of mention as remarkable.” Snow began falling early that day and had measured three and one-half feet deep by 5 p.m. “During the few days succeeding the snow gradually wasted away to the depth of about two feet. On the 20th day of the same month three feet more was added to the two feet of snow remaining on the ground.” Travel in remote areas was difficult until about May 1.

On Monday: Building codes were introduced in Oneonta 60 years ago.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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