Fine antique photograph of the aftermath of cyclone (Tornado) destruction of the railroad depot in St. Louis, Missouri on the 27th of May in the year of 1896. The Image was taken by SZHILDS of East St. Louis. It appears the depot had an atomic bomb dropped on it.
*This image measures 9’ x 10 inches.
In reference to those interested the 1896 St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado was an historic tornado that caused severe damage to downtown St. Louis, Missouri, East St. Louis, Illinois, and surrounding areas on Wednesday, May 27, 1896. One of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history, this tornado was the most notable of a major tornado outbreak across the central United States which produced several other large, long-track, violent tornadoes and continued across the eastern United States the following day.
The St. Louis tornado killed at least 255 people, injured over a thousand others, and caused more than $10 million in damage (equivalent to $307 million in 2019). More than 5,000 people were left homeless and lost all of their possessions. The hardest-hit areas of the city were the fashionable Lafayette Square and Compton Heights neighborhoods, as well as the poorer Mill Creek Valley. It remains the third-deadliest tornado in United States history.
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1896 St.Louis Cyclone Tornado Destruction Railroad Depot Antique Photo