Business Booms in Cuero
In the late 1800s, Cuero grew almost overnight. Business and the railroad were booming. At this time, the population increases were due to the commerce, but also due to the destruction of Indianola, Texas from a hurricane in 1875. Indianola once rivaled Galveston as a gulf port. The first hurricane hit Indianola on September 15, 1875. The town was full because of visitors attending a trial that was a result of the Taylor-Sutton Feud and as such, fatalities were estimated at 150 to 300. Some families went so far as to dismantle their homes and rebuild them in Cuero. Only 8 buildings were left undamaged by the storm.