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.
Big Bay Dam __ "...the dam broke sending water downstream destroying 48
homes and businesses while many more were damaged." an encyclopedic entry. -
illustrated - From wikipedia -
Great Natchez Tornado __ "The Great Natchez Tornado was a tornado that hit
Natchez, Mississippi on May 7, 1840. It is the second deadliest single
tornado in United States history..." A brief encyclopedic article. - From
Hurricane Katrina __ "The hurricane caused severe destruction across the
entire Mississippi coast and into Alabama, as far as 100 miles (160 km) from
the storm's center." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia
Mississippi Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ... __ MIssissippi Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Mississippi
floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions,
..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From
Mississippi Hurricane, Aug 1860 __ "Three hurricanes hit the southeastern
coast of Louisiana in 1860. August 8-16, the first hurricane of the season,
number 1, formed in the Gulf of Mexico west of Tampa, Florida. It headed
west and after passing the mouth of the Mississippi River, it made a large U
turn, crossed the Louisiana coast near the Lafourche, St. Charles and
Plaquemines parishes, turned east along the southern shore of Lake Ponchartrain, crossed Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia then headed
out into the Atlantic Ocean. This was a category 3 hurricane." Original news
articles and links to related material. - From gendisasters.com -
Rhythm Night Club Fire __ "The Rhythm Night Club fire took place in Natchez,
Mississippi, United States on April 23, 1940 and killed 209 African-American
party goers, while severely injuring many others." an encyclopedic article.
- From wikipedia -
Super Outbreak __ "The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on
record. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in
13 US states and one Canadian province: Ontario, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North
Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and New York." An encyclopedic article. -
illustrated - From wikipedia -
Tupelo, MS Tornado, Apr 1936 __ "Tupelo’s list of identified dead from last
night’s one hundred-mile-an-hour tornado passed the 125 mark today as a
fleet of ambulances, trucks and motor cars streamed to hospitals and morgues
with the victims." Original news stories and links to related material. -
From Jenni Lanham/gendisasters.com -
Vaughn, MS Casey Jones Train Wreck, Apr 1900 __ "A disasterous collision
occurred about 4 o'clock this morning at Vaughn's Station eleven miles north
of Canton. The engineer, CASEY JONES, was instantly killed, and Express
Messenger MILLER was hurt internally, but not seriously." Original news
articles and links to related material. - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com