1957 Fargo Tornado

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On the evening of June 20, 1957, a tornado ripped through Fargo, North Dakota. It caused the deaths of seven children and five adults and left 116 injured. The tornado destroyed 359 buildings and damaged 2,543 more. The nine-mile path of destruction covered over 66 blocks in town, leaving more than 2,000 people homeless and causing approximately $20 million worth of damage. Following the tornado, first responders quickly united to aid those in need, setting up disaster headquarters, finding shelter for over 600 people, and distributing more than 100 tons of clothing and bedding. Dr. Tetsuya Fujita, a meteorologist, studied the Fargo tornado when creating the Fujita scale (F-scale) and later rated it an F5, the most destructive rating. Images of America: 1957 Fargo Tornado, shines a light on the tornado's destruction and the rebuilding of a united and vibrant community.
ISBN: 9781467126731
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Dakota
Series: Images of America
Images: 228
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The compelling images that document this tornado come from collections at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) archives. Trista Raezer-Stursa, head of archives; Lisa Eggebraaten, humanities librarian; Jylisa Doney, social sciences librarian; and John Hallberg, archives associate, are all associated with the NDSU Libraries and Archives in Fargo.
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