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The Knickerbocker Snowstorm
by Kevin Ambrose


Overview - On the evening of January 28, 1922, several hundred people fought their way through the greatest snowstorm in Washington s history to see a show at the Knickerbocker Theater, the city s largest and most modern moving picture theater of the time.  Read more...

 
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Overview
On the evening of January 28, 1922, several hundred people fought their way through the greatest snowstorm in Washington s history to see a show at the Knickerbocker Theater, the city s largest and most modern moving picture theater of the time. Unbeknownst to the theater patrons, the Knickerbocker Theater s flat roof was tremendously burdened by the weight of the snow. During the show s intermission, the snow-covered roof crashed down upon the crowd. As the roof fell, it collapsed the theater s balcony and pulled down portions of the surrounding brick walls, killing 98 people and injuring 133. Some of Washington s prominent politicians and business owners were among the casualties. The disaster ranks as one of Washington s worst in history, and the snowstorm continues to hold the record for Washington s single greatest snowfall."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738597904
  • ISBN-10: 0738597902
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
  • Publish Date: January 2013
  • Page Count: 127
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds

Series: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)

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Books > History > United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
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