Mount Vernon Cyclone

DESCRIPTION: "The gentle breeze blew soft o'er Mount Vernon's quiet homes; The Sunday schools had closed for the day, when all at once there burst that awful, dread cyclone." First the tornado hits, then fire springs out; five hundred homes are destroyed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1953 (collected from L. L. Jones by McIntosh)
KEYWORDS: disaster death
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
Feb 20 1888 - A tornado hits Mt. Vernon, Illinois, followed by a fire caused by leaking gas. Almost the whole town is destroyed, dozens are killed, and hundreds injured or left homeless
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cohen-AFS2, p. 449, "Mount Vernon Cyclone" (1 text)
File: CAFS449A

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