The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867 explores one of the most devastating events in the history of the Lone Star State. Originating in Indianola in June, the virus spread by way of infected persons to Galveston and then across East-Central Texas. Millican, Huntsville, La Grange, Brenham and Chappell Hill, Alleyton, Hempstead, Goliad, Navasota, Victoria, Montgomery, and Houston were all hard hit. The virus did not finally stop until November 26th with the first frost of the year. By then, approximately 4,000 Texans had died, which suggests that close to 40,000 had become infected.
The disease would dramatically change many of these towns, as industries were slow to recover, prominent families never returned, and colleges began to think about relocating. Reconstruction efforts were seriously undermined, as yellow fever took the life of Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau, General Charles Griffin, in Galveston, and approximately 393 United States soldiers across the state.
Locations for Tour
The Department of History at SHSU
SHSU Special Collections and Archive
Sandra Rogers of the Texas Prison Museum and Archeological Steward of Walker County
The College of Graduate Studies at SHSU
The Center for Community Engagement at SHSU
The Walker County Historical Commission
The Deeds and Records Division at the Walker County Courthouse
Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington