Rome, GA Tornado, Jul 1860


On Thursday, the 12th inst., at one o’clock, a violent storm, moving in a Southerly direction, passed over this place, carrying with it dense, black clouds of dust, leaves, branches of trees, and all sorts of light trash, and doing very considerable damage in its course. The bands of AEolus seemed to have been loosed and verily “the winds did blow and crack their cheeks.”

The following damages by the storm have come to our knowledge: Two freight cars standing on the track just north of the depot were driven down the track, by the force of the wind, to the foundry, where a switch being turned wrong for them to go farther, they were thrown from the track and one of them smashed up; about one-third of the sheet iron roof of the depot on each side of the building, commencing on the north end, was torn off; the chimney of the store of Sloan & Hoopers was blown down, breaking through the roof and into the store room of Magnus & Wyse, just missing several persons sitting there; the chimney of the store occupied by W. T. Newman and owned by P. M. Sheibley was blown down and broke through the roof; the sky-light to Bearden’s Daguerrean gallery was blown quite off, and the entire chimney to Wm. R. Smith’s old store was blown entirely down. We hear that the tin on the whole south side of the depot at Kingston was blown off and carried in the arms of the storm to the hotel of Mrs. Johnson; the depot at Cass Station suffered the same fate, and that at Cartersville was entirely uncovered, and several other buildings injured.

Capt. Partin, the old cotton buyer, while riding up Broad street was blown from his horse, and being blinded by the storm, while attempting to get into Harper & Butler’s Hardware store, fell into the ditch and severely sprained his ankle. A Rev. Mr. Lowe, of the Methodist Church, traveling in a buggy, was overtaken by the storm on the Summerville road, some six miles from here, and seeing a tree about to fall on them, himself and negro boy, barely saved their lives by jumping from the vehicle; the falling tree killed the horse and crushed the buggy. Thousands of trees were twisted off, but, the ground being so very dry and hard, comparatively few were turned up by the roots. All through the country great damage has been done to fences and out-buildings.—Rome Tri-Weekly Courier, July 14, 1860.

A history of Rome and Floyd County, State of Georgia, United States of America : including numerous incidents of more than local interest, 1540-1922; Atlanta, Ga., 1922, page 445