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Hurricane Celia, Mayor Jack R. Blackman and the Oil Boom

The single defining local event for much of the 1970s was Hurricane Celia, causing half a billion dollars of damage to the region. On August 3, 1970, the massive storm brought winds of up to 160 miles per hour and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Mayor Jack R. Blackman quickly started the clean up and restoration of the city in the months that followed. The oil boom that also launched in the early 70's fueled a recovery that included the construction of Choke Canyon Dam and the Bayfront Plaza Convention Center, which opened in 1981.

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