Griffin Tornado, Griffin, IN
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N 38° 12.274 W 087° 54.876
16S E 419923 N 4228907
Quick Description: This tornado devastated three states. One of the longest lived tornadoes on record.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 7:32:38 AM
Waymark Code: WM4JVY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

Memorial Erected by: The Village of Griffin.
County of Memorial: Posey County.
Location of Memorial: 1st St. & Main St., Memorial Park, Griffin.

Monument Text:

DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE
WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST IN THE
GRIFFIN TORNADO OF 3-18-1925

Ethel Carl
Ruby Cleveland
Clarence Combs
Clarence Corby
Marry Cox
S. R. Biggerstaff
Irene Daugherty
Elizabeth Denby
Louisa Denby
Elsie Elsperman
Winfred Fisher
William Gregory
Helen Harris
C. Allen Hanshoe    
Virgil Horton
Nina House
Sidney Hyatt
Nina House
Wilmer Kern
Flora Kokomoor
Maryl Kokomoor
James Lamar
Ida Majors
Charles Majors
Ruben Majors
Plena Mayer

M. Thomas Nottingham
James Oldham
Roy "Chick" Oller
Lester Price
William T. Price, JR.
Virgil Simmons
Claude Schnarr
Auburn Saunders
Charles Stallings
Ida Stallings
Harry A. Stoneberger
T. Wade Stratton, JR.
Bessie Strickland
Albert Strickland
Miranda Thomas
Harry Vanway
Helen Vanway
Elwood Wade
George W. Walker
Golden Williams
William A. Woods
E.S. Woods
William J. Westheiderman
Clarisse Young
Vera Young

Indiana Historic Bureau's Marker on site:
Side one:
At 4:00 p.m. on March 18, 1925, a tornado arrived in Indiana after devastating parts of Missouri and Illinois. The town of Griffin was destroyed; the Owensville area and Princeton suffered heavy losses. Hundreds were injured; 76 were killed. Within hours, help came from nearby towns, the American Red Cross, and the Indiana National Guard.

Side two:
Heavy rains caused the Wabash River to flood, and by March 23, 1925 the only way to reach Griffin was by boat or railroad. Within weeks, Griffin was slowly being rebuilt. After a year, much of the town was rebuilt, including a schoolhouse, one church, and a grain elevator. This tornado is still rated the deadliest in U.S. weather history.


If you wish to view Wikipedia's log of this event: Tri-State Tornado

Or if you prefer, the NOAA's National Weather Service's View: Tri=State Tornado

Disaster Date: 3/18/1925

Date of dedication: 1/1/2004

Memorial Sponsors: The Village of Griffin & Indiana Historical Bureau

Disaster Type: Natural

Relevant Website: [Web Link]

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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