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A powerful hurricane strikes the coast of Louisiana.

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10/05/1867 to 10/06/1867

A powerful hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico struck the coast of Louisiana.  Damage included several lighthouses near the shore.  The Southwest Reef Lighthouse, on a platform at the head of the  Atchafalaya Bay, near Berwick, Louisiana was heavily damaged and the Shell Keys Lighthouse south of Marsh Island, Louisiana was completely swept away and its lighthouse keeper presumed drowned.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

House of Representatives, Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances for the Year 1868 (Washington, DC; Government Printing Office, 1868), 228-229.


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