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.
Anaconda, MT Stewart Mine
Explosion, Sept 1900
__ "Two men were killed in the Stewart mine some time
during yesterday morning's early shift. They were TIMOTHY KELLY and JAMES
MURRAY, single. Their bodies were torn into shreds and bits by an explosion,
the cause of which is fixed only by conjecture." You will find original news
articles and links to related material. - From Linda Houston/gendisasters.com
Butte, MT Fire &
Explosion, Jan 1895 __ "...the powder exploded killing every fireman except
two. While the dead and wounded were being removed another explosion
occurred which killed more persons, including several policemen and
citizens. Many persons were torn to fragments and others were shocked to
death by the concussion. Later a third explosion occurred increasing the
number of deaths and adding to the ruin and devastation." You will find
original news articles and links to related material. - From gendisasters.com -
FEMA: Montana State
Disaster History __ Montana 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 -
Havre, MT Cloudbursts Cause Great Flooding, June 1938 __ "...Nine persons
drowned and a baby was missing Thursday night in cloudburst flood waters
that surged into north central Montana rivers out of normally dry coulees
and gulches. Farmers evacuated their homes in the valley flats of the Milk
river, swollen by the coulee torrents. The towns of Malta and Harlem built
bulwarks against the advancing flood stream." You will find original news
reports and more. - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com -
Montana's Worst Natural
Disaster __ "IN THE SECOND WEEK OF JUNE 1964, the worst natural disaster in
Montana's recorded history descended on the state in the form of heavy rains
that quickly turned once picturesque creeks into raging, mile-wide rivers.
Dams, roads, and railroads washed out, homes and ranches were swept away,
and thirty people died." A detailed look at the storm. - From Montana: The
Magazine of Western History -
Northwest Airlines Flight
1 __ "Northwest Airlines Flight 1, registration NC17389, was a Lockheed 14H
Super Electra aircraft which crashed approximately ½ mile southwest of the
Miles City, Montana airport on January 13, 1939. All four on board were
killed in the accident." An encyclopedic article with links to related
material. - From wikipedia -
Northwest Airlines Flight
__ "Northwest Airlines Flight 2, registration NC17388, was a Lockheed 14H
Super Electra aircraft which crashed into the Bridger Mountains about 12
miles northeast of Bozeman, Montana, on January 10, 1938. All ten on board
were killed in the accident, which was the first fatal crash of both a
Northwest Airlines aircraft and a Lockheed Super Electra." An encyclopedic
article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -