Richmond, MO Tornado, May 1878
The Town of Richmond, Mo., visited by a Tornado.
[St. Louis Dispatch.]
Richmond, Mo., June 1. -- It is with pain we have to chronicle to you one of the most heartrending scenes ever visited on a people. About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, as witnessed by an eye observer, five miles southwest of this city.
A LITTLE BLACK SPOT,
about the size of a man's hand might be seen circling and waving furiously. It increased and regularly evolved into the shape of a large funnel, and seemed to rise from the earth, until it took in a circuit of about 120 yards. When it reached a point a mile from the town, it stood on a hill, but continued to circle and roar furiously.
At length it sped onward with the fury of the wind, until it reached the southwest corner of the town. The havoc and desolation which then ensued are beyond our abilities to describe.
Not a house is left to mark that once beautiful portion of the town. Houses were blown over houses. Nor is there a single foundation that was not swept away with
THE FURY OF THE STORM.
Not a single tree or shrub is left to grace the fields or the gardens which lay in its train. Horses, cattle and hogs were either whirled away or killed outright, and the streets are strewn with the remnants of wagons. Twenty or thirty horses were laid dead on the streets, and there is actually one instance of a team and wagon being hung upon the top of a tree. Stores were demolished wholly and their contents scattered for miles in the country. Trees were blown across the streets, and in one particular instance killed a young medical student named CAMPBELL, who was walking on the opposite side. Men were
CARRIED INTO THE AIR,
and in one instance, more remarkable than the rest, a man was lifted 100 feet, and with the exception of a few bruises was let down by some unaccountable means, easily; but while in the air his shoes were actually stripped from his feet.
THE DEAD AND THE DYING.
The houses left are filed[sic] with the dead and the dying â€“ husbands weeping for their wives and children, and in turn wives lamenting the loss of their husbands. To this is to be added the loss of their all in the world. Their houses and all their worldly goods are scattered to thee wind, and so complete is the wreck that it is with difficulty they can distinguish the spot where their dwellings once stood.
THE NUMBER OF HOUSES
and stores totally obliterated will reach fifty, and nearly all are more or less damaged.
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