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Murphysboro and Gorham after the 1957 Tornado

Murphysboro and Gorham after the 1957 Tornado

International Harvester to the Rescue in Wake of Tri-State Tornado of 1925 - Farm Life - Farm Collector

International Harvester to the Rescue in Wake of Tri-State Tornado of 1925 - Farm Life - Farm Collector

'Well, it was such a pretty day...and for March, that was a little bit unusual in itself. But then, after noon, when it began to turn dark and—you know, I can’t remember that it lightninged and thundered, but it’s bound to have. All I remember is how dark it kept gettin’, and the wind, you know? And I, even I, then was scared. I wanted to go to the cellar. But there wasn’t a one of us would go until Grandma would go. And...I think she finally decided that something was about to give.'

'Well, it was such a pretty day...and for March, that was a little bit unusual in itself. But then, after noon, when it began to turn dark and—you know, I can’t remember that it lightninged and thundered, but it’s bound to have. All I remember is how dark it kept gettin’, and the wind, you know? And I, even I, then was scared. I wanted to go to the cellar. But there wasn’t a one of us would go until Grandma would go. And...I think she finally decided that something was about to give.'

Tri-State Tornado: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, March 1925

Tri-State Tornado: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, March 1925

Engineering committee examining a inch board which was driven through a plank after the 1925 Tri-State Tornado - the longest and deadliest tornado in U.

The old GM Train Station.  It was still a working station.  This was taken by my then brother-in-law, Bruce Clement, in 1961.

The old GM Train Station. It was still a working station. This was taken by my then brother-in-law, Bruce Clement, in 1961.

Adlai Stevenson II witness to 1925 tornado devastation : The Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925, laid waste to several Southern Illinois communities, including Murphysboro. (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum, Chicago Daily News negatives collection) PFOP

Adlai Stevenson II witness to 1925 tornado devastation : The Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925, laid waste to several Southern Illinois communities, including Murphysboro. (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum, Chicago Daily News negatives collection) PFOP

March 18, 1925 – the most horrible tornado in the world in history was set in motion from Ozarks in southeastern Missouri headed to southern Illinois down to Indiana  for about 3 and a half hour.

March 18, 1925 – the most horrible tornado in the world in history was set in motion from Ozarks in southeastern Missouri headed to southern Illinois down to Indiana for about 3 and a half hour.

The Forgotten Storm: The Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925  by Wallace E. Akin

The Forgotten Storm: The Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925 by Wallace E. Akin

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