Like Hardscrabble (and likely rebuilt on parts of it), Snow Town was an interracial neighborhood where poor respectable people resided amidst crime and houses of vice. The shooting death of a sailor by unknown persons in Snow Town precipitated the riot of 1831. The mob spilled over to Olney’s Lane (now Olney Street), destroying many dwellings there as well. The violence targeted African American homes indiscriminately as the victims had no apparent links to the original shooting. John A.C. Randall witnessed the riot, describing it in a letter to his father. The $100 reward and Randal's accountl reveal the rampant violence which resulted in five deaths and the destruction of dozens of buildings. Click here to read John Randall's account and to hear a recorded excerpt.
Olney Street remains a class dividing line between wealthy College Hill and lower- to middle-class Mount Hope.