American Disasters - Great Mississippi Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

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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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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 -

FEMA: Mississippi Hurricane Katrina __ General information and news from FEMA - From FEMA -

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 wikipedia -

Mississippi Earthquake Information __ Overview and history of earthquakes in Mississippi. - 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 -

Mississippi hurricanes __ An index of wikipedia articles about Mississippi tornadoes. - From wikipedia -

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


Mississippi Tornadoes __ "Mississippi tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county." - From -

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 -

Rhythm Club Fire __ An original news article from 1840. - 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 -
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/ -,-ms-tornado,-apr-1936

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/ -,-ms-casey-jones-train-wreck,-apr-1900


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