Recently, while gathering material on the life of Elijah H. Burritt (early American astronomer and engineer, leader of an emigrant-company to Texas (1837) from New Britain, Conn.) I unearthed many data on our first notable Texas hurricane. The Racer Storm of Sept. 26-Oct. 10, 1837 was on the Texan coast from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6. It was especially destructive at the mouth of the Rio Grande, as also at Galveston Island where a settlement was in process of forming.
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Geiser, S. W.
"Racer's Storm (1837), With Notes On Other Texas Hurricanes In The Period 1818-1886,"
Field and Laboratory: Vol. 12
Available at: https://scholar.smu.edu/fieldandlab/vol12/iss2/5