Hurricane Carla – The 911 before 911

On September 11, 1961, Hurricane Carla made landfall on the Texas Coast.

Chronology via

For over two hours — in one of the most exciting adventures of my life — I watched Carla’s savage preliminary attack. I saw her fling a tidal wall of water like a battering ram against the door of Texas. I saw her engulf miles of beach in her moist mouth.

I saw her smash houses, boats, and piers with her damp fist, reducing them to kindling wood. I saw her winds toss trees and timbers about like an elephant tosses straw,” he wrote. He ended the story with, “The human eye can absorb only so much destruction before the heart breaks. Mine was aching from what I had seen.” – Chronicle Staff Photographer Larry Evans

The Pavilion (originally called the Pleasure Pavilion) as it was before Hurricane Carla struck Palacios.

Palacios Pavilion Before Hurricane Carla

The first video below is a compilation of movie clips recorded by Red Richards, CP&L branch manager. His grandson Zeb Lang published this video.

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