Pictures from the 1927 St. Louis Tornado

Here is evidence in pictures of the destruction wrought by the huge tornado that devastated parts of downtown St. Louis on September 29, 1927. These pictures of the tornado damage were taken at approximately 1:15pm, and are the property of the Carondelet Historical Society (who kindly let me scan and post them here).

This huge twister left 76 dead and over 1500 injured. Property damage costs were in the millions. My favorite of these pictures is of the little boy standing next to the ruins of a house (was it his home that got torn down by the tornado?).

You can read an original news story from the Decateur Illinois Review, see a youtube clip with footage from the 1927 tornado (and interviews with surviving survivors), and find more pictures.

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