Indianola, Texas, 1873. Indianola is now a ghost town located on Matagorda Bay, but it was once the county seat of Calhoun County. In 1875, the city had a population of 5,000, but on September 15 of that year, a powerful hurricane struck, killing between 150 and 300 people and almost entirely destroying the town. Indianola was rebuilt, only to be wiped out on August 19, 1886, by another intense hurricane, which was followed by a fire. The town never recovered. Today, visitors to the place where Indianola stood feel a powerful sense that something is missing, of loss, of sorrow. The cemetery is particularly lonely and compelling.