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Clara Barton, the 1900 Hurricane, and Strawberry Fields in Pasadena, Texas

Dec 8
9:24 pm
By Menil

When the 1900 Hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, and the Gulf Coast, Clara Barton traveled with Red Cross volunteers from Washington, DC, to Galveston to offer care for the devastated populace. She purchased lumber to be sent by rail. The New York World, led by Joseph Pulitzer, said that if Barton would go to Galveston, so would the photographers of The World, with proceeds from the sale of all photos to go to the Red Cross.

When Clara Barton arrived in the Gulf Coast Area, she saw the complete ruin of any farming efforts, and on return to Washington, she purchased one and one-half million (1,500,000) strawberry plants for the small village of Pasadena, now adjacent to Houston. It was the last trip for the Red Cross she made.

Now there are annual strawberry festivals in Pasadena, Texas.