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1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak

1936 Tornado Tupelo Gainesville

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:27 PM

On April 5-6, 1936 a fast Moving powerful system moved across the country and Produced Strong tornadoes in the southern US. 450 People were killed in this outbreak and Thousands were Injured.

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:27 PM

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:28 PM

“The destruction was terrible, and was still going on. As we circled only a few hundred feet over the center of the city, the walls of buildings were crashing into the streets, and there were fires springing up all over the city.”
~ Lee Wiley, Eastern Airlines Pilot (quoted in W. M. Brice, A City Laid Waste, 1936, page 69)

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

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Vanishing Georgia photograph hal107 provides a wide angle view of the public square, depicting extensive debris within the cordoned-off central area, lots of pedestrian traffic in the streets, and damaged businesses in the background along Bradford Street and its intersection with Washington Street. Note the smoke rising from some of the buildings.



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:32 PM

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As documented in this rare interior photograph hal077 from the Vanishing Georgia collection, many of the businesses experienced extensive damage to their interior spaces and sales inventory. Some stores later offered “tornado sales” to dispose of the damaged goods.



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:32 PM

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Vanishing Georgia postcard image hal097 shows destroyed automobiles and piles of building debris in the foreground, against a background of heavily damaged buildings that include the Coffee Pot Café and other Spring Street businesses.



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:32 PM

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Image hchp0099 from the Hall County Library Historical Photograph Collection shows the extensive damage along Washington Street on the day the tornado struck – and indicates that workers began to clean up the damage later that same day.



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:41 PM

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