American Disasters - Great Minnesota Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

Alabama  - Alaska  - Arizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - Connecticut  - Delaware  - Florida  - Georgia  - Hawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas  - Kentucky  - Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland  - Massachusetts  - Michigan  - Minnesota  - Mississippi  - Missouri  - Montana  - Nebraska  - Nevada  - New Hampshire  - New Jersey  - New Mexico  - New York  - North Carolina  - North Dakota  - Ohio  - Oklahoma  - Oregon  - Pennsylvania  - Rhode Island  - South Carolina  - South Dakota  - Tennessee  - Texas  - Utah  - Vermont  - Virginia  - Washington - West Virginia  - Wisconsin  - Wyoming 


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.

So 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, 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.

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1997 Red River Flood  __ "The Red River Flood of 1997 was a major flood that occurred in April and May 1997, along the Red River of the North in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Southern Manitoba. It was the most severe flood of the river since 1826." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Hennepin Island tunnel __ "During construction of the tunnel, on October 5, 1869, the river broke through the thin layer of limestone separating the river's bed from the tunnel. The rushing river scoured the tunnel, caving in parts of Hennepin Island and causing the earth supporting St. Anthony Falls to collapse upstream." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Historic Disasters: Minnesota Disasters __ You will find a list of Minnesota disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse __ "At 6:05 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, during the evening rush hour, the main spans of the bridge collapsed, falling into the river and onto its banks. Thirteen people died and approximately one hundred more were injured." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Melby, MN Train Wreck, Sept 1895 __ "Passenger trains Nos. 2 and 3 on the Great Northern have had a headend collision at Melby. Both were running at a high rate of speed and came together with terrific force." Original news stories and links to related material. - From -


Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire __ "The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire destroyed an entire block of Downtown Minneapolis on November 25-26, 1982, including the 16-story headquarters of Northwestern National Bank (now Wells Fargo) and the vacant, partially-demolished location formerly occupied by Donaldson's department store,..." An encyclopedic article. - from wikipedia -

Minnesota Earthquake Information __ Overview and history of earthquakes in Minnesota. - From -

Minnesota Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ Minnesota Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Minnesota floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From -

Minnesota Tornado History and Statistics __ "Minnesota lies along the north edge of the region of maximum tornado occurrence in the United States." You will find an article about Minnesota tornadoes and a wealth of additional resources. - From - 

Minnesota tornadoes __ You will find original news stories about tornadoes in Minnesota. Articles date from 19th and early 20th century. - From -

Minnesota Tornadoes __ Minnesota tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county. - From - 
Minnesota tornadoes __ Index of wikipedia articles about tornadoes in Minnesota. - from wikipedia -

Winona, MN Flood, June 1899 __ "Terrific rains have fallen in this section of the Mississippi valley for the past ten hours, accompanied by a heavy electrical disturbance. Bridges have been washed away in every direction and roads are impassable." Original news articles plus links to related material. - From - 


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