Cisco, TX Tornado, Apr 1893 - Twenty Killed; City in Ruins


Entire Town In Texas Completely Wiped Out By Cyclone.


The Prosperous and Populous City of Cisco Now In Ruins, Not More Than Twenty-five to Thirty Houses Out of Thousands Left Standing - Some Ten or Fifteen Persons Missing - An Entire Train of Heavily Loaded Freight Cars Are Blown From the Tracks.

DALLAS, Tex., April 29. -- The News' Weatherford, Tex., special says: Your correspondent learned from passengers on the westbound train this evening that the destruction by the cyclone at Cisco was simply appalling. There are no more than twenty-five or thirty houses left standing and up to the time the train passed there, about 2 o'clock, this afternoon, twenty dead bodies had been recovered from the ruins and there were ten or twelve persons missing. Strong buildings with walls two feet thick were leveled to the ground. A heavy freight engine and a whole train of cars were blown from the track and demolished and several hundred feet of side track of the railroad was torn up.
The number injured runs up to something like 100. Citizens from Weatherford went out this morning to render any assistance possible. The building which FRANK HICKMAN occupied was blown down and his five children were killed. Mayor LEVY received the following telegram from MESSRS. BELL and COLWIN of Weatherford, who went to Cisco this morning:
Town nearly all demolished, twenty killed, 125 injured. Hundreds without food and shelter. Raise all the relief possible and send to JOHN F. PATTERSON, chairman relief committee.

The following telegram was also received by Mayor LEVY;
CISCO, Tex., April 29. -- To GEORGE P. LEVY, mayor, Weatherford, Tex: Cisco has been visited by the, most destructive cyclone over known in Texas. More than four-fifths of the people are without houses. Many killed and wounded. Help is needed to bury the dead, take care of the wounded and relieve those dependent and who lost everything.
Country Judge.
G. W. GRAVES, Mayor.

Mayor LEVY has called a meeting of the citizens of Weatherford to take measures for the relief of the sufferers. Mayor ROLLINS, of Gainesville, in response to an appeal from Cisco has also started measures of relief for the sufferers and issued and appeal for contributions.
A message from Valley View states that a severe storm passed over that town at 5:50 o'clock, blowing down several homes and doing much damage to property. No one hurt.

At Ringgold, Montague county, the storm unroofed the house of MRS. BERGAM, blew several freight cars off the sidetrack and caused the terrorized people to take refuge in a large cellar where they suffered greatly from confinement and suffocation. None were seriously injured.

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