American Disasters - Great Kentucky Disasters

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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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Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire __ "...on the night of May 28, 1977, a devastating fire swept through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky. The fire was discovered shortly before 9 p.m. and burned most of the night. It killed 165 people." An overview of the event and a timeline. - illustrated - From -

Beverly Hills Supper Club fire __ "The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in northern Kentucky is the third deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. It occurred on the night of May 28, 1977, during the Memorial Day weekend. 165 persons died and over 200 were injured." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Comair 5191 __ "The aircraft was assigned the airport's Runway 22 for the takeoff, but used Runway 26 instead. Runway 26 was too short for a safe takeoff, causing the aircraft to overrun the end of the runway before it could become airborne. It crashed just past the end of the runway, killing all 47 passengers and two of the three crew." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Darby Mine No. 1 disaster __ "Investigator thinks methane to blame for Darby mine explosion," by Deborah Yetter and Tom Loftus, at a news conference in Holmes Mill, Kentucky on May 22, 2006, Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for Kentucky's Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet announced that investigators entered the mine for the first time since the explosion on May 22." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: Kentucky State Disaster History __ Kentucky 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 - 

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

Kentucky Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "...a look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy." You will find original news articles about Kentucky disasters and more. - From -

Kentucky Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of earthquakes in Kentucky. - From - 


Kentucky tornadoes __ An index of wikipedia articles about Kentucky tornadoes. - From wikipedia -

Kentucky Tornadoes __ Kentucky tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by County. - From -

Louisville, KY Flood, Jan 1907 __ "The flood situation at Louisville and throughout all eastern Kentucky grows more threatening with each hour. There has been no cessation of the general rains, and even if there should be no further rainfall the Ohio and its tributaries will continue to rise for two days. Five hundred families in Louisville are homeless." You will find original news articles and links to additional material. - From Rosemarie/ -

Natural disasters in Kentucky __ An index of wikipedia articles about natural disasters in Kentucky. - From wikipedia - 

Paducah, KY Fire, Apr 1852 __ "The fire broke out at 4 o'clock in the morning, in the livery stable of J. G Cole, on Front and Main-streets, and crossing Main-street, communicated with the Branch Bank of Kentucky, and thence throughout the whole block embraced between Broadway, Main, Market and Court-streets. The fire then crossed over Broadway to the frame buildings occupied by Ritter & Spainer, and burned out all the buildings between Maiden lane and Market." Original news articles and links to additional material. - From Sandi Carter/ -

Sloans Valley Station, KY Train Wreck Oct 1890  __ "A disastrous collision occurred early in a recent morning on the Cincinnati Southern Railway, is a tunnel a quarter of a mile north of Sloans Valley Station, Kentucky. Seven men were killed and a number of others were more or less seriously hurt.
Following is a list of the killed:" You will find original news articles along with links to additional material. - From -

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 -


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