American Disasters - Great South Dakota Disasters

Along with information about disaster preparedness


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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1999 South Dakota Learjet crash __ "Among the six people on board were golf star Payne Stewart and Bruce Borland, a highly-regarded golf architect with the Jack Nicklaus golf course design company." A brief encyclopedic entry. - From wikipedia -

Bijou Hills, SD Tornado, May 1899 __ "An Entire Family All But Annihilated by the Fury of the Winds, Seven Being Killed Outright, and the Remaining Members Fatally Injured." An overview with links to additional resources. - From Stu Beitler/ -,-sd-tornado,-may-1899


FEMA: South Dakota State Disaster History __ South Dakota 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 -

Fulton Tornado Pictures __ Annotated gallery of Fulton tornado photos. - illustrated - From -

South Dakota Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ... __ South Dakota Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: South Dakota floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, and more. Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From - 

South Dakota tornadoes __ A directory of wikipedia articles about tornadoes which have effected South Dakota. - From wikipedia -

South Dakota Tornadoes __ South Dakota tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county. - From -


The Spencer SD Tornado of 30 May 1998 __ "On 30 May 1998, the most destructive and second deadliest tornado in South Dakota history -- and the most intensely observed and analyzed -- struck Spencer SD. It began as a large, dust-cloaked tornado NW of Farmer, SD in Hanson County, concurrent with the demise of the "Fulton" tornado." Good overview with additional resources, photos and more. - illustrated - From Roger Edwards/ -
Spencer Tornado Pictures __ Annotated gallery of Spencer tornado photos. - illustrated - From -

Wildfires in South Dakota Force Residents to Evacuate __ Dated news item about fires in the Black Hills of South Dakota. - From CNN - 


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