Storm of the Century – the Blizzard of ’49

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This program tells the story of the worst series of storms in Wyoming’s history. But for all the tragedy and loss, suffering and death, there was hope and heroism, unselfish sacrifice and generosity. For more Blizzard stories, visit

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  1. I grew up In this region, much later than this. I never thought I’d say I miss the blizzards like they used to be, but I do. Smoke haze and dry windy winters are very harsh and depressing. I grew up on a ranch and I remember chopping creek ice for our bath water and shoveling out the front door, snow above our windows. Believe it or not, it was kinda fun.

  2. Is it just me or does this sound very much like the California wild fires? They are Geo engineering these storms. The government had deceptive motives and created these storms to get rid if the people. Look at what has become of a good portion of the lands that were effected by the blizzard.

  3. I do not live in U.S.A but as mother said, '1962 was the most severe British winter of modern times'. Yeah, that winter made temperatures linger -21 even in the South and -38 up North, with 16 foot snow drifts and 7-9 foot accumulation, at that time my fellow ancestral British helped each other and did not panic, they coped well, compared to now sadly, but there are still those British out there today who cope with today's less severe winters and more beyond.

  4. That was the year that they had a passenger train stuck and stranded in the Rockys for dayz. Men with shovels tried to clear the train.
    Finally the coaches went cold and finally they got food to the passengers then got the train out. That I remember.

  5. What an incredible documentary.  It always amazes and fascinates me what humans can endure.  The one and only thing that keeps this from being a perfect production and piece of storytelling is that no one ever taught the narrator that you don't pronounce the "H" in "vehicle!"

  6. I am from N.B. Canada,and thanks for sharing this video on the winter Strome in America as of 1949.My heart goes out to those people that suffered through it, and also special thank you to those men and women who lived through it to share their story and the videos as of YouTube.

  7. Note the guys running the dozens had no cabs. And some of the people were rough looking because of the extreme weather.

    I notice people today still come together in cases of bad weather or other catastrophies

  8. Man! These folks had some serious sand!!! I simply cannot imagine anybody beating this disaster – but with the help of GOD and EACH OTHER – they survived!! Amazing! So glad I decided to watch it! One more thing, however!!! The manner in which the First Nations People were treated is truly appalling. Having to burn old tires and creosoted railroad ties (totally toxic smoke)!??? Are you serious???? And where and how often were food "drops" made to them? Is there some reason why the people couldn't be taken to safe places to ride out this series of storms? You say the Red Cross came to their aid. I wonder if prejudice wouldn't have been a factor. Not much time was spent discussing their dilemma. Suffice it to say, I have a very hard time understanding why their "civil rights" have barely been addressed in all these past decades.
    All in all, thank you for this uplifting presentation. Also, I don't mean to offend anyone with my tirade about First Nations people. However, some things truly bother me. God bless you and the people who worked so hard to battle nature's wrath. Thanks again.

  9. What an awesome story of love, devotion and compassion. So nice to see how people worked together with what little they had back then. Most these store workers didn't even have winter clothes on to plow their way out. We had a storm here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1966 (still considered our worst storm-I was 8 at the time)-I think this was the worse then the storm we had. I'd never heard of this storm until I stumbled upon this site, what an interestng story-thank you for posting.

  10. Not that it really compares, but we were snowed in by the New York City blizzard of 1947. People went really short of food and medicine, right in NYC!!! People finally burnt garbage in the streets. So snow and severe cold can cause havoc even in the center of the biggest of cities.

  11. The great GEOENGINEERED Blizzard of 1949…….Goes to show , how long the U.S. Military has been MANIPULATING the weather………….Project Cirrus 1947 was the "TRUE" beginning of Weather Modification that continues to this day. Using TOXIC CHEMICALS to "Play God" with the weather………….Satanical, in the literal sense of the word.

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