Tornadoes Present Remind Us of Tornadoes Past

View of damage in Washington Court House, Ohio after a tornado hit on September 8, 1885.

View of damage in Washington Court House, Ohio after a tornado hit on September 8, 1885.


Recent weather events in Oklahoma remind us again how devastating tornadoes can be. Like Oklahoma, we also have a history of severe tornadoes in Ohio. Channel 4 meteorologist Ben Gelber came to the Research Room on the third floor of the Ohio History Center to see historic newspaper headlines about and photographs of tornado damage in Ohio. Two newspapers that Ben looked at were the June 13, 1814 edition of the Chillicothe Supporter, and the May 10, 1973 edition of the Columbus Citizen-Journal. Click here to watch Ben’s report online.

Tractor trailer overturned by a tornado that struck Xenia, Ohio in 1974.

Tractor trailer overturned by a tornado that struck Xenia, Ohio in 1974.


If you would like to see learn more about tornadoes in Ohio you can visit the Historical Society’s online exhibit, Severe Weather in Ohio, or search our digital library, Ohio Memory. A keyword search for ‘tornado’ will retrieve photographs, newspaper articles, personal accounts, and information about tornado preparedness.

About these ads
This entry was posted in collections, Current News, Digital Projects, Exhibits, Newspapers, Photograph Collections. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s