Red Wing, MN Grandstand Moved by Wind, Aug 1908


RED WING, Minn., Aug. 10.---During a heavy rain and wind storm the grandstand at Athletic park, crowded with 400 persons, was lifted from its foundation and carried a distance of about three feet.

The creaking timbers and the terrific wind caused consternation among the spectators at the ball game and there was a wild scramble for the exit. There was a near panic but it lasted only a few moments and no one was injured. The damaged to the grandstand was slight.

When the fury of the storm broke the fans in the bleachers ran for shelter. It thus happened that the majority of them were in the grandstand when it was shifted by the wind.

Plate glass windows all over the city were broken, trees uprooted and chimneys toppled over.

There were 200 launches filled with pleasure seekers on the river and during the blow most of the boats were driven hither and thither, helpless in the wind. There were, however, no accidents.

The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN 11 Aug 1908