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Blizzard of November 1913

November 12, 2019

Communications Staff

A streetcar stuck in the snow in downtown Oberlin.
A streetcar stuck in the snow in downtown Oberlin.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives.

"In Oberlin History" is a series dedicated to notable events in Oberlin College history. It is created in partnership with the Office of Communications and Oberlin College Archives.

One of the worst blizzards in Oberlin history occurred between November 9 and 10, 1913. Trains and streetcars were stuck in the drifting snow, and passengers were forced to sleep in the cars overnight. The snow drifts measured up to 14 feet and buried businesses. The wind was so strong that, anywhere east of Elyria, phone connections were lost.

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