States: Texas: Robertson
When yellow Fever was raging through the South in the early 1870ís, Calvert was almost depopulated. Most of the inhabitants, believing the fever to be directly contagious, left when it was discovered that a traveling printer had died from the disease in a room in the Bailey building. The town was quarantined and trains were not allowed to stop. The windows of all coaches were tightly closed until the cars had passed beyond the town limits. Since there was no treatment for yellow fever, between three and four hundred persons died from it. This epidemic struck (but did not kill) over 1900 others from September until November, 1873.