Yesterday somewhere in the far reaches of the internet I came upon this remarkable piece of film. Several minutes long, it shows downtown Houston during and just after the great flood of December, 1935. It’s well worth your time. Also worth your time is the web site where it was originally posted, a fascinating and informative conglomeration of discussion forums called HAIF, which I think stands for “Houston Architecture Information Forum,” although it is much more than that. Trust me, it’s loaded with good stuff.
After I watched it I wondered whether there was any Thresher coverage, as an event of this magnitude must have surely had a serious impact on the university. Sure enough, it was on the front page of the issue that came out the following week:
There was also an interesting lament from the Thresher staff about the difficulty of getting the paper out at all that week: