The "Long Winter" of 1880/81

The winter of 1880/81, popularized by author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 1940 novel “The Long Winter,” was variously described as “the hard winter,” “the black winter,” the “long winter,” the “starvation winter,” or the “snow winter.” Journalist J Mark Powell wrote in January, 2018 “Think you’ve seen severe winter weather? No matter how bad it is where you are, it can’t hold a candle to this, the Mother of All Bad Winters.”
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  • Would this be charactirized as "extreme weather"? I thought extreme weather was a rather current phenomenon, caused by soccer moms driving around in SUVs.

    Ryan MartinRyan Martin19 цагийн өмнө
  • Could this snow melt have been the so-called terra liquefaction or the mud floods?

    03REVO1103REVO1119 цагийн өмнө
  • Id like to hear the story about the guy who stole a WWII B-25....and flew it between the hotels in Waikiki Hawaii.His name was Ashdown.

    Maui BoyMaui BoyӨдрийн өмнө
  • The snow was so deep and the wind so strong some people tied a rope between the house and the barn, so they could find the way Back to the house after tending stock in the Barn.

    steve mccoysteve mccoyӨдрийн өмнө
  • I believe this was all happening at the time of a Grand solar minimum cycle. As the world was still going threw this cycle and set of volcanic eruptions in 1816 when they ended up having the year with no summer also.

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  • If it happened now the left would be like see climate change is real. All farming and cars must be banned save the planet.

    hot rod home steadhot rod home steadӨдрийн өмнө
  • When my children were small we stayed in bed all day and read Laura Ingalls book The Long Winter. We couldn’t stop till we got to the end. That was almost 50 years ago. Now you have given me the The Rest of the Story. Thank you!

    Shayne SeltzerShayne SeltzerӨдрийн өмнө
  • Sorry .... You Are Historically Inaccurate on 1 item : 4:40 time Stamp. Eliza Jane Wilder was NOT the Aunt Of Laura Ingalls Wilder !!!! Eliza Jane Wilder Was The "Sister" .. Of Almanzo James Wilder, The Future Husband Of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Therefor; Eliza Jane Wilder would have been the "Future" Sister In Law, Of Laura Ingalls Wilder !!!!

    michael greenmichael greenӨдрийн өмнө
  • These winters are on their way back. Grand Solar Minimum.

    Jerrad GindlesbergerJerrad Gindlesberger2 өдрийн өмнө
  • "The Long Winter" was always one of my favorite Little House books... amazing what our ancestors went through to create our towns, our countries - very hard Europeans.

    A Perfect Day Radio for Families on the FrontA Perfect Day Radio for Families on the Front2 өдрийн өмнө
  • The lesson: don't delay in getting the crops in!

    Sirena SpadesSirena Spades2 өдрийн өмнө
  • There is one coming another one soon. Gates want to obscure the sky

    Samuel TrajanoSamuel Trajano3 өдрийн өмнө
  • If only they'd been paying attention to their carbon footprint this would have never happened... err, wait? 1880/81!

    Mike RevendaleMike Revendale4 өдрийн өмнө
  • This is a perfect example why the global warming/climate change political narratives are just that: political narratives backed by psuedo-science.

    Mike RevendaleMike Revendale4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you John Kerry, Bernie Sanders, AOC and mostly - Greta Thurnberg for being able to foresee this 120 years ago.

    linda loulinda lou4 өдрийн өмнө
  • The irruption of Krakatoa and Mauna Loa in the year 1880 1881 may also have contributed to the weather pattern in the North American continent. This type of event was not an uncommon pattern for both European and your American historians record Several events in human history that were affected by weather brought on by natural climate changes affected by geological shots across the bow, as it were.

    Robert MorrisRobert Morris5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Okay, now the shot of this robot looks like it came from " Lost in Space " television series........"warning! warning! Dr. Smith......

    2puffs2puffs5 өдрийн өмнө
  • No one has written it? OK, I will: Winter is coming...

    Bob GBob G6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Bow ties are kool 🎀 (that’s the closest I found)

  • Suggestions for future episodes: Captain Jonathan Walker, the Man With the Branded Hand Sherman Booth, Joshua Glover, and Wisconsin’s protest of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850-on the basis of state’s rights.

    hohjohnhohjohn7 өдрийн өмнө
  • i live in the tropics of Australia, i really don't understand why or how people live in the cold

    RoninRonin7 өдрийн өмнө
  • What's strange is that L.I.W. was born in February of 1867 (thirteen-plus years before the start of this season), yet she claims to be "fourteen and a half" in her book.

    Fred SeaborneFred Seaborne8 өдрийн өмнө
  • and my grandma was born in the black hills of South Dakota. Norwegians are tough.

    thedwightguythedwightguy8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for providing content I can watch with my pre-teens who love history so much. It is the subject so often ignored in the schools my way.

    Sidekick AdvantageSidekick Advantage8 өдрийн өмнө
  • That's interesting and all. But the real question is, how did this affect minority communities?

    Enida BonghitEnida Bonghit10 өдрийн өмнө
  • This winter was mentioned in Thom Hatch’s book about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “The Last Outlaws”. The devastation to the cattle ranches left hundreds of not thousands of cowhands out of work, homeless and broke. More than a few turned to crime to survive.

    rotorheadv8rotorheadv810 өдрийн өмнө
  • This guy reminds me so much of the Jasper Dale character from Road to Avonlea.

    Working Towards WellnessWorking Towards Wellness10 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have to give the history guy credit, he covers obscure history that is overlooked by in large part of historians.

    Ed BairEd Bair12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wyoming Public Broadcasting did a one hour black and white video titled 'The Bluzzard of '49' that is currently on MNthe about the storms in early 1949 and the efforts including military resources brought to bear to aid people and livestock through.

    Jill PruettJill Pruett12 өдрийн өмнө
  • August 12, 1880 - Shortly after 9:00 AM, telegraph lines in Hartford, Connecticut began to show disturbances. With the battery removed, messages could still be sent and received from Boston. By 11:00 AM the wires were working as normal. No aurora were seen at night. [New York Times, August 15, 1880, p. 8] Now, tell me the 'long winter' was not related to solar activity. (some liberal in the back row yells it was those confounded smoke belching trains...and cow farts)

    M ChopinM Chopin12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I don't know how anyone can give THG a thumbs down. Unbelievable

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  • * * * * * C O L D * * * * *

    Retard CommontaterRetard Commontater14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ingals wilder

    Luis GarciaLuis Garcia15 өдрийн өмнө
  • bow ties are cool!!

    Luis OyolaLuis Oyola15 өдрийн өмнө
  • I just noticed the tardis on your shelf! very nice!

    Luis OyolaLuis Oyola15 өдрийн өмнө
  • If they would have just been driving electric horses instead of those methane farting ones and had electric rail systems this would Not have happened! Thank God the "Woke" world will make this ALL go away! I can feel the Paris Accord working already.

    63bplumb63bplumb16 өдрийн өмнө
  • It must have been because of that global warming.

    Clifton BanksClifton Banks17 өдрийн өмнө
  • I also so wanted to add that on my maternal side of the family a snow storm was also of historical importance. The Donner Party, I am a direct descendant of William Eddy. What the early Americans had to endure to settle this country is truly a feat of physical and moral strength.

    Michelle IngallsMichelle Ingalls20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for your great works and story telling. As a descendant of Laura Ingalls Wilder this one was of particular interest.

    Michelle IngallsMichelle Ingalls20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Apparently an old Indian warned the town of De Smet

    Elizabeth ZachariasElizabeth Zacharias20 өдрийн өмнө
  • I believe Eliza Jane Wilder was Laura's sister-in-law as she was the older sister of Laura's husband.

    William BentWilliam Bent21 өдрийн өмнө
  • I really like they way you presented the info

    Wendy PetrulichWendy Petrulich21 өдрийн өмнө
  • At 6:24, the word "casualties" includes dead and wounded.

    James MaddenJames Madden21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank God for climate change to protect us from weather like this.

    ByrncByrnc21 өдрийн өмнө
  • I thought texas' weather this year was due to global warming?

    Gunnar StrombergGunnar Stromberg21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wasn't Eliza Jane Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder's sister-in-law?

    The Burrow RisesThe Burrow Rises21 өдрийн өмнө
    • yes

      Emmi BEmmi B13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I read her book every winter to feel good about living in a warm home with good access.

    mary shaffermary shaffer22 өдрийн өмнө
  • I grew up a few miles from the Laura Ingles homestead. I still live in SW MN. This was great to listen too as I'm familiar with all the towns you mentioned. Winters can still be long but I can't imagine what the old timers went through. Nowadays we have such better infrastructure in place with large machinery that can move snow. They can usually have the main highways opened up in 24 hours.

    dietzl41dietzl4122 өдрийн өмнө
  • Was there no one at the time who remembered the Year Without a Summer of 1816?

    Bannor HaruchaiBannor Haruchai22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wait, how can this be . Weather like this only occurs due to climate change .

    fpeletzfpeletz23 өдрийн өмнө
  • Eliza was a sister in law, not an aunt.

    Rissybelle SeeleyRissybelle Seeley23 өдрийн өмнө
  • People have no idea how easy they have it today. Back then over 20% of the population was on a farm or ranch. Everything was done by hand or horses. If you weren't plowing, you were cutting firewood. If you weren't haying, calving, lambing, milking, canning, butchering, sowing, or threshing, you were cutting firewood.

    Dan WDan W24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do you think there was some twit standing on the street corner decrying the irresponsible use of hay-powered horses and how it's destroyed the climate causing the phenomenon known as 'weather'? Asking for a friend.

    Princip WarehousePrincip Warehouse25 өдрийн өмнө
  • All Airtravel closed too.

    k knigk knig26 өдрийн өмнө
  • I vividly remember in the 1960s tunneling out of our house in central NH to snowshoe to the road for the school bus . . . standing on the snowbanks thrown up by excavators and watching the roofs of semis pass by beneath my feet . . . standing on snowshoes at the edge of the roof to excavate windows to have some natural light i the house . . . sliding from the peak of the roof to the edge of the road 'trench' then snowshoeing back to do it again. I *H A T E* snow !!

    Gordon CavisGordon Cavis26 өдрийн өмнө
  • I called it "The Wrath of the Ice Queen"

    Sebastian Torres-AlvarezSebastian Torres-Alvarez27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Survived 25 winters in the Dakotas and Minnesota including the blizzard of '66. Google North Dakota blizzard of 1966. You'll see a man standing on a drift next to telephone lines. 100,000 head of cattle were lost. Thankfully, we had an oil fed gravity furnace in the dining room, so even through we didn't have electricity for a week, we did have heat and a way to heat things like soup.

    MH 08MH 0828 өдрийн өмнө
  • According to this, we don't have ANYTHING to complain about.

    Alvin DueckAlvin Dueck28 өдрийн өмнө
  • The history of public education or school lunches.

    altarushaltarush28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Please try not to shout at us.

    Helen BryceHelen Bryce29 өдрийн өмнө
  • My family came to SD in covered wagons, I Have pictures of my Grandmother as a child standing in front their sod hut , I remember the stories about how bad that winters were and life in general and also what stood out was how bad the rattle snakes were lol. I remember growing up in the Siouxland area and winters were brutal even in the 60 s but not like this

    Gmjent56Gmjent56Сарын өмнө
  • I remember the Blizzard of '78!

    Treasure PlanetTreasure PlanetСарын өмнө
  • In recent history, here in South Jersey, the winter of 2009-10 was very unusual. We had multiple blizzards, one after another. Then when things started warming up in April we had multiple heavy rain storms. So in April there was flooding everywhere, in areas where there weren't even any streams or swamps. There were rushing streams flowing over roads where there actually weren't any streams. I took pictures all over. The ground was saturated, to the point where, in some areas, people couldn't use their indoor plumbing because there was no place for the water to go to in their septic systems. All of this is something I will always remember. I'm glad you mentioned the Blizzard of 1888. I have seen several pictures of its aftermath in New York City.

    MillerMeteor74MillerMeteor74Сарын өмнө
  • My favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

    Julie SteimleJulie SteimleСарын өмнө
  • Love the channel. It would be an educational opportunity if you used both metric and imperial. For the rest of the world 20° is a nice day, while for Americans 20° is cold.

    Linda TisueLinda TisueСарын өмнө
  • I had always thought the volcanic winter, after the eruption of Krakatoa in 83..was the Long Winter. 1887-88. Were they close in comparison?

    CoolTaxiDriverCoolTaxiDriverСарын өмнө
  • Closed captioning is way off (different program).

    CoolTaxiDriverCoolTaxiDriverСарын өмнө
  • like the short intro

    Michael HollowayMichael HollowayСарын өмнө
  • I remember a winter as a boy on a farm in Iowa when the snow covered the entire house. My father had to exit through a window, dig out the front door and pass the bucket of snow to my mother to melt for drinking water as the well couldn't be found until later. We lost all the chickens and pigs due to the deep snow. This must have been in the late 1940's.

    Dale GarringerDale GarringerСарын өмнө
    • I remember that winter too. My dad took me to my grandmothers house and waded through snow that was up to his waist. After the storm ended the drifts piled against the house were as high as the second story window. Southwestern MN

      T FogelsonT FogelsonСарын өмнө
  • Whenever I think my life is tough, I reread my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder Book: THE LONG WINTER. Eliza Jane Wilder's description of the coffee grinder making flour for bread, and twisting the hay into little sticks to burn for fuel exactly comes from Laura's historical book. We know very little of "tough." Tu, 03/16/2021

    Aurora Finesse2020Aurora Finesse2020Сарын өмнө
  • We are experiencing the Dark Winter with Biden in the White House. 👎

    Glenn LegoGlenn LegoСарын өмнө
  • Sounds like Global Warming is a good thing! #ByeByeLittleIceAge

    S SherS SherСарын өмнө
  • freaky weather was happening long before man had a chance to really screw with it much. Whoddathunkit.

    rabid ninjarabid ninjaСарын өмнө
  • I'm surprised that you're daring to produce something that contradicts the idea that current weather is the hottest/coldest/wettest/driest/worst and we're all going to die unless we save the planet "Right Now"!

    honor harringtonhonor harringtonСарын өмнө
  • This is the Guy who reads the disclaimers after pharmaceutical ads.

    Frank MaitlandFrank MaitlandСарын өмнө
  • in 2020/21 i have learned a lot , and i am going to see each one Thank You "The History Guy " .

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  • At 3:50 it's amazing how the people back then had the good sense to lift their wipers off their windshields.

    Dino FerranteDino FerranteСарын өмнө
  • Please sir... just slow down...Way too much information at break neck speed to comprehend.. It just becomes a blur of words... Just sayin'.

    Albion WattsAlbion WattsСарын өмнө
  • Climate change has been going on for over a hundred years?!? SMH we have less than 12 years left before we all die. WE DIDN'T LISTEN!!!

    Dan BardosDan BardosСарын өмнө
    • Climate change has been a thing ever since climate has been a thing.

      BendigoBendigoСарын өмнө
  • 2009-2010 gave it a run for its money

    Michael BindnerMichael BindnerСарын өмнө
  • Wow, I have lately been forced to know who Tucker Carlson is and am saddened to hear this guy sounds like Him in both tone and cadence. Maybe there should be a trigger warning.

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  • Moving to mayo, Florida

    Stove GuyStove GuyСарын өмнө
  • I've lived in Northern Minnesota for 35 years I've been outside in 50 below wind chills I know this kind of cold

    B-DangB-DangСарын өмнө
  • This is extremely interesting information: I study Greenland's climate and during this winter 1880/81 there is a melt horizon in ice cores collected from the inland Greenland ice sheet. That means, ice actually melted in inland Greenland during that year of snow stratigraphy and it shows up in the ice cores taken through the ice sheet during the year interpreted to have been 1880/81. A melt is almost unheard of event in the inland ice sheet, and hard to convince other scientific colleagues of this interpretation of the data. Even myself. But if 1880/81 was an anomalous year in the States lends credibility to wide spread atmospheric perturbations in the northern hemisphere this winter. Thank you!

    NavigatEricNavigatEricСарын өмнө
  • He seems like a cross between Doug Demura and Tucker Carlson

    vicaras1vicaras1Сарын өмнө
  • ❤️❤️❤️

    William HouseWilliam HouseСарын өмнө
  • I am here in Ft Collins expecting a Blizzard in a few hours, so there is nothing better than watching documentaries about historic blizzards to see how mine stacks up!

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  • i enjoyed this episode of HistoryGuy. hope achieved!

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  • october blizzard in Minnesota is maybe not equivalent to but certainly similar or comparable to our Valentine’s Freeze/Winter Storm Uri that messed up Texas real bad, recently. The forecast called for a freeze but lots of Texans and definitely the power generation managers of Texas mucked around and dragged their feet and paid for it with disaster.

    nozrepnozrepСарын өмнө
  • Wait this happened before anthropogenic "Climate Change". This must be a conspiracy theory. Make sure to wear ten mask and get at least one vaccine a month preferably more. The "Great Reset" is coming comrades. You will own nothing and be happy because the German Elmore Fudd said so on behalf of the Rothschilds and the Anti-Christ.

    TA2911IS10131917TA2911IS10131917Сарын өмнө
  • How about that, climate change before climate change started.

    Kevin JonesKevin JonesСарын өмнө
  • Just wait, "Little House On The Prairie" will get memory-holed because Laura Ingalls Wilder failed to include important contributions by all the Furries and Trans-sexuals.

    Moìst MíkeMoìst MíkeСарын өмнө
  • This guy is a cooler version of Billy Nye. History rules. lol

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  • Thank God for global warming

    cgwworldministriescgwworldministriesСарын өмнө
  • Yeah but it was cold for a little while in Texas this year (I'm from Texas... 50 is freezing. I work in NM. Ironically I was warmer in NW New Mexico than my kids in Texas were)

    Michael LloydMichael LloydСарын өмнө
  • Yo dem stoopid. Dey shooda gon walmat got shovles 😂😂😂

    Poor Man SailingPoor Man SailingСарын өмнө
  • If something like this happened today everyone would be screaming GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!! But this stuff has been happening all throughout mankind’s history. Get a grip people and stop believing the global scare mongers.

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  • Hey History Guy. Don’t make the same mistake the Science Guy made by believing in and promoting the lie of evolution. You don’t need to be politically correct anymore. Come out and do what’s right. Speak the truth not lies.

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  • Outstanding!

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