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Tri state tornado 5

Typical scene in residence district of Murphysboro where 154 city blocks were destroyed in tornado of March 18, 1925. 

This article was published on March 18, 2016.

Today marks the 91st anniversary of the deadliest tornado recorded in U.S. history. The Tri-State tornado, as it came to be known, left hundreds dead and thousands injured across Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. 

In this area, a tornado tore a diagonal path of destruction across Southern Illinois on March 18, 1925. It flattened much of the towns of Gorham, Murphysboro, De Soto, Bush, West Frankort and Parish, and affected other communities as well. 

Last year, on the storm's 90th anniversary, The Southern Illinoisan published a story that included interviews with survivors, and a collection of historic photos, which is posted below. It will forever be a marked day in Southern Illinois history. 

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Molly Parker is general assignment and investigative projects reporter for The Southern Illinoisan.

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