Great Blizzard of 1888
Railroad travel was almost entirely suspended. The tracks of all the companies were buried in snow ranging in depth from one to twenty feet. Several engines, and in one instance a whole train, was blocked and covered up. Local trains were run with great difficulty and during the day but two through trains arrived. The storm out of the city completely blinded engineers and firemen. Train dispatchers were all at sea. Wires were all down aud it was utterly impossible tell where trains were. Accidents were frequent and many of them were fatal.