The following pages are taken from A Descriptive Narrative of the Earthquake of August 31, 1886 by Carl McKinley for the Charleston City Year Book 1887.
Specifically, these pages report the effects of the earthquake around the state of south Carolina. The epicenter was 20 miles north of Charleston, but the quake was felt across the east coast north to Chicago and south to Miami.
People fleeing the earthquake’s destruction on the night of Aug. 31, 1886. Image from Harper’s Week
Church Street damage: Dock Street Theater (left); St. Philip’s Church (center); French Huguenot Church (right)
Broad Street … 27 Broad Street with crumbled facade
Hayne Street (looking east from Meeting Street)
St. Michael’s Church and City Guard House
Food lines, from Harper’s Weekly
Washington Square became a refugee camp for hundreds of residents whose home were destroyed.
Ashley Cooper wrote about Sir John Yeamans, “If to convert all things to his private profit be the marke of able parts Sir John is without a doubt a very judicious man.”
1886- Natural Disaster – Charleston Earthquake.
The Stockdell Report released detailed information about 8000 damaged Charleston structures. The report would help form the basis of which buildings could be repaired and which were beyond restoration.
Exchange Building, earthquake damage
Earthquake relief efforts. Harper’s Weekly