The Safest House In The World

It was one of the iconic pictures of Ike. Taken by the

Houston Chronicle

’s Smiley Pool (and other photographers with access to a helicopter), the shot of a lone house still standing in Gilchrist on the Bolivar Peninsula was used by media outlets around the world.

And wherever it showed up, people asked the same thing: How the hell did that house survive? With the use of some archival photos, it turns out no one should have been surprised.

-- Richard Connelly


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