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.
Bath School Disaster __ "On May 18, 1927, 45 people, mostly children, were
killed and 58 were injured when disgruntled and demented school board member
Andrew Kehoe dynamited the new school building in Bath, Michigan out of
revenge over his foreclosed farm due in part to the taxes required to pay
for the new school." A good overview plus many, many additional resources. -
illustrated - From freepages.history.rootsweb.com -
FEMA: Michigan State Disaster History __ Michigan 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 -
The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 __ "On the evening of October 8, 1871 the
worst recorded forest fire in North American history raged through
Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, destroying millions of dollars
worth of property and timberland, and taking between 1,200 and 2,400 lives."
Learn what else was burning at the same time. - illustrated - From Deana C. Hipke -
Italian Hall Disaster (Calumet, Michigan, 1913) __ "The Italian Hall
disaster (sometimes referred to as the 1913 massacre) is a tragedy which
occurred on December 24, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan. Seventy-three men,
women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were
crushed to death when someone falsely yelled "fire" at a crowded Christmas
party." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Michigan 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 and more. - From gendisasters.com -
Michigan Prepares __ "Natural Disaster and Severe Weather ... Disaster
Preparedness in Michigan ... " A site about disaster planning from the Stste
of Michigan. - illustrated - From michigan.gov -
Northwest Airlines Flight 255 __ "The flight crashed after takeoff in
Detroit, on August 16, 1987, at about 20:46 EDT (8:46 p.m. local time, 00:46 UTC August 17), killing all of the crew and passengers except for a
4-year-old girl,..." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Port Huron Fire of 1871 __ "The Port Huron Fire of 1871 occurred on Sunday,
October 8, 1871. A fire leveled broad swathes in the U.S. state of Michigan,
including the cities of Holland, Manistee, and Port Huron. At least 200
people died as a result of the fire." A brief article. - From wikipedia -
Riga, MI Train Wreck, Jan 1907 __ "One trainman was killed and twenty
passengers were injured when an east-bound Lake Shore Railroad passenger
train ran into an open switch late last night at Riga and collided with a
freight train, derailing and overturning all the coaches." Original news
accounts and links to related material. - From gendisasters.com -
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 -