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Great Cyclone at St Louis and East St. Louis, May 27, 1896

Great Cyclone at St Louis and East St. Louis, May 27, 1896

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Compiled and Edited by Julian Curzon. Foreword by Tim O’Neil

$21.50

E-book (Other formats: Paperback)
978-0-8093-8120-3
5 x 7.5, 128 illustrations
05/27/1997

Shawnee Classics

 

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Shortly after 5:00 P.M. On Wednesday, May 27, 1896, a Herculean tornado shattered the St. Louis Area. Within twenty minutes, 137 people had perished in St. Louis, with 118 dead across the river in East St. Louis. Along a ten-mile swath of devastation, the tornado destroyed 311 buildings, heavily damaged 7,200 others and caused significant harm to 1,300 more. Even today, that powerful cyclone of a century ago "remains the single deadliest incident to befall the St. Louis area," according to Tim O’ Neil of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who wrote the foreword for this historic reprint of a book originally published by the Cyclone Publishing Company.


Heavily illustrated by photographs of the damage, The Great Cyclone was compiled from stories in the city’ s daily newspapers— the Globe-Democrat, the Post-Dispatch, and, most notably, the old St. Louis Republic. O’ Neil points out that "the book’ s compilers are not identified, but their glowing praise of the ‘ superb descriptive composition’ in the Republic provides a good guess about where most of them worked."