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The Storms of 1974 - Guin, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 33° 57.945 W 087° 54.870
16S E 415512 N 3758735
Quick Description: F5 tornadoes, not good
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 11/7/2015 5:18:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMPXW2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 4

Long Description:

County of marker: Marion County
Location of marker: US 278 & US 43, city park, Guin
Marker erected by: The Alabama Tourism Department and The City of Guin
Marker erected: May 2010

Marker text:

On April 3, 1974, the Guin area was struck by an outbreak of violent tornadoes which still rank among the most severe in recorded history. The tornado which struck downtown Guin was classified as an F5 super cell tornado registering speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. Twenty-Three local people lost their lives that night and hundreds more were injured. About 2,000 residents were left homeless from the total loss of 221 homes and partial damage to 358 more. Guin's business district was flattened, with 55 businesses, its hospital, City Hall, and rural electric office all sustaining damage. The Baptist, Church of Christ, and Methodist Churches were also demolished. In the months after the storm, The Alabama National Guard, U.S. Small Business, H.U.D. Administration, the American Red Cross, and thousands of volunteers from all over America poured into Guin to assist in the rebuilding effort.

Marker Name: The Storms of 1974

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
"The Day of Tornado's | Our moment in history The Day of Tornados - April 3,1974 The biggest single blow Guin sustained was when the 1974 tornado ripped through town leaving in its wake 23 dead, hundreds of homeless and injured, and a leveled business district. But Guin looked at her blessings, was grateful, and proudly recovered. The Guin Rescue Squad was formed in 1974 with 31 highly trained emergency medical team personnel." Provided by the City of Guin

Date Dedicated / Placed: May 2010

Marker Number: Not listed

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