These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
Baltimore, MD Fire - The Great
Fire, Feb 1904 __ "All the world was startled on Sunday, February 7, 1904,
just 39 days after the Iroquois theater horror, by another sickening
visitation of the fire fiend. This time the devouring element fell upon the
city of Baltimore and all but effaced it from the map." Original news
stories and links to related material. - From gendisasters.com -
Capital Airlines Flight 75
__ "Capital Airlines Flight 75 was a domestic scheduled Capital Airlines
flight operating between La Guardia Airport and Atlanta Airport. A Vickers
Viscount flying the route crashed in Chase, Maryland, on May 12, 1959, with
the loss of all onboard." An encyclopedic article with links to related
material. - From wikipedia -
Cumberland, MD Bridge
Collapse and Train Wreck, Aug 1887 __ "Early the other morning while an
engine attached to a mixed freight train was passing over the Mount Savage
bridge a few miles west of Cumberland, Md., on the Pittsburg division of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the structure gave way. The engine and several
cars were precipitated into stream, which had been swollen by a water spout
that occurred at the head waters." Original news stories and links to
related mater - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com -
FEMA: Maryland State Disaster History __ Maryland Disaster History. Major
Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of the
list to access detailed information including images and more. - illustrated
- From FEMA -
Great Baltimore Fire __ "The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 raged in
Baltimore, Maryland, from 10:48 a.m. Sunday, February 7, to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 8, 1904. Over 1,231 firefighters were required to bring the
blaze under control." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From
Howard Street Tunnel fire
__ "The Baltimore Freight Rail Crash (also known as the Howard Street Tunnel
Fire) was a 60-car CSX Transportation freight train derailment that occurred
in a freight through-route tunnel under Howard Street in Baltimore, Maryland
on July 18, 2001. The derailment sparked a chemical fire that raged for six
days and virtually shut down the downtown area until the heat caused a water
main to rupture, largely extinguishing the fire but also causing significant
flooding in the streets above." An encyclopedic article with links to
related material. - From wikipedia -
March 1962 "Ash Wednesday"
Storm: Part 1 __ "As the water continued to pile up along the East Coast
during successive high tide cycles over the following three days, the
coastline from New Jersey to North Carolina was battered and changed forever
by the onslaught of wind and waves." A detailed report. - illustrated - From weather.com -
Maryland Disasters Floods,
Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ You will find original news
stories about Maryland disasters along with links to additional information.
- From gendisasters.com -
Pan Am Flight 214 __ "Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707-121 registered as
N709PA, was a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Baltimore to
Philadelphia, which crashed on December 8, 1963 near Elkton, Maryland, after
being hit by a lightning strike while in a holding pattern, killing all 81
persons on board." An encyclopedic article with links to related materials.
- From wikipedia -
Williamsport, MD Fire, Mar
1882 __ "Our neighboring town of Williamsport was on Sunday last the scene
of another destructive fire. About half-past three in the afternoon a fire
broke out in a two-story log house on Potomac street, owned and occupied by
a lady named Besore. – The alarm was promptly given and the citizens turned
out en masse, but the town being without any fire apparatus,..." You will
find original news articles and links to related material. - From Jenni