Community Coverage: Weather Is A Big Part of Ralls History - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/27/07

Community Coverage: Weather Is A Big Part of Ralls History

In 1911 John Robinson - No not NewsChannel 11's John Robison. He's not that old. I'm talking about John Robinson Ralls, the man who laid out the town of Ralls on his own 10,000 acre ranch.

While his vision was clear, Ralls had no idea what storms lay ahead.

"It seems that Ralls gets a storm about every 30 years," Ralls City Administrator Rhett Parker said.

The first recorded storm was in 1935. It's been described as the worst hail and wind storm in Crosby County history.

"My grandparents survived a storm in the mid 1930s and their house was the only surviving house at Caprock and they used it as a makeshift hospital," Parker said.

Just like clockwork Mother Nature shows up unwelcome every 30 years.

"The last storm we had that was serious was in 2005," Parker said.

A tornado missed Ralls by just half a mile and with no safe place to turn to, residents felt lucky to have escaped unharmed. However, Ralls residents will soon have a safe haven to run to when severe weather strikes because in nine months a storm shelter will sit on a downtown piece of property.

"Ralls will receive a $480,000 grant to build a community storm shelter and that was through FEMA," Parker said.

The sound of thunder and the crash of lightning can hardly drown out the pride felt by residents for Ralls. It's displayed though through artifacts that have weathered the test of time. From pictures to old family keepsakes, you can find a little of everything at the Ralls Historical Museum. Proving that while Ralls might be known for its stormy past, it's the resilience of its residents that continues to make it a bright spot on the West Texas plains.

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