Pictures from the 1927 St. Louis Tornado

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.

About The Author

Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on Archive.org. I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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