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1905 tornado in Alta Vista, Kansas

1905 tornado in Alta Vista, Kansas
Creator: McCoy, W. A.
Date: May 13, 1905
Photographs of a tornado passing over Alta Vista, Kansas, on May 13, 1905.


1966 Topeka tornado

1966 Topeka tornado
Creator: Fisher, Gail
Date: June 1966
Here are 16 slides showing damage caused by the 1966 tornado in downtown and residential areas in Topeka, Kansas. Several buildings are visible in the slides including the National Reserve Life, Topeka bus barn, Kansas State Capitol and printing plant, and KPL buildings.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shops Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shops Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This photograph shows tornado damage to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shops in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shops, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shops, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This photograph shows tornado damage to boxcars at the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shops in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This photograph shows the damage to an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This is a photograph of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shops after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
Photograph of an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This is a photograph of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This is a photograph of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
This is a photograph of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after tornado strike, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8, 1966
Photograph of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shop damage after a 1966 tornado strike in Topeka, Kansas.


Ballot box fragment

Ballot box fragment
Date: 1882
Shallow rectangular pine ballot box with irregular sides and no lid. Portion of a ballot box used at the Stafford County seat election on Apr 5th, 1882. Before the polls closed, a tornado struck the building in which the election was held. The box was carried a half mile by the storm, and the ballots it contained were never found. Stafford was defeated by St. John in a follow-up election for the Stafford County seat. A white paper label adhered to the box's underside relates the story.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: June 1966
This black and white photograph shows damage to trees near the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The destruction was a result of the June 8, 1966 tornado that began on the southwest side of the city and moved northeast toward the downtown area. The tornado cut a four block wide and eight mile long swath of destruction through the capital city.


Charles Herman photograph collection

Charles Herman photograph collection
Creator: Herman, Charles L., 1922-2010
Date: 1960-1980
Photographs taken by Charles Herman, a long-time resident of Alma, Kansas. He was born on May 19, 1922 in Alma, Kansas and lived at 222 West 1st Street. He was a charter member of the Wabaunsee County Historical Society. His photographs were trademarked with blue sky and puffy white clouds. Herman died on December 19, 2010.


Damage at the Santa Fe shops after a tornado

Damage at the Santa Fe shops after a tornado
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 8 1966
This black and white photograph shows some of the damage caused by the tornado of 1966 hitting the ATSF shop in Topeka.


David H. Fisher Jr. oral history

David H. Fisher Jr. oral history
Creator: Fisher, David H. Jr.
Date: April 4, 2008
Topeka, Kansas, resident David H. Fisher, Jr. relates his experience during the June 8, 1966, tornado in Topeka.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Red Cross

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Red Cross
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Red Cross. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to disaster relief plans, Mississippi Valley Flood relief in 1927, and tornado disaster relief. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Greensburg, Kansas

Greensburg, Kansas
Creator: Worley, Barry John, 1949-
Date: September 2009
These nine images of Greensburg, Kansas, show reconstruction after an EF5 tornado struck the town on May 4, 2007. The tornado was part of a storm system which affected south central Kansas. About 95% of Greensburg was destroyed, thirteen people were killed, and at least sixty people were injured.


Greensburg street sign

Greensburg street sign
Date: 2007
Homemade street sign constructed of a 2" by 4" piece of wood and two rectangular-shaped pieces of plywood. Street names (Main and Scott) are spray painted in green on plywood (both front and back). Rectangular pieces of white coreplast, with names printed in large, computer-generated black letters, are nailed over the spray painted names. This street sign was put up by the City of Greensburg, Kansas, after the town was struck by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. The tornado was 1.7 miles wide and traveled over 20 miles. Ninety-five percent of Greensburg was destroyed. These signs were used temporarily until permanent signs could be put into place. Since the tornado, the citizens have focused on rebuilding the town to be more environmentally sustainable.


Jefferson County courthouse in Oskaloosa, Kansas

Jefferson County courthouse in Oskaloosa, Kansas
Creator: Harvey, John
Date: 1960
A photograph showing an unidentified man pointing to the Jefferson County courthouse in Oskaloosa, Kansas. It was damaged by a tornado on May 1, 1960.


Joe Campbell home after tornado, Rossville, Kansas

Joe Campbell home after tornado, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1960
A photograph of the Joe Campbell home after a May 19, 1960 tornado. Either partial or total destruction of seventy-five farms and homes were reported from this storm that happened in the late afternoon. There were no deaths in the area. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Ladie's day at the ranch

Ladie's day at the ranch
Creator: Harpers New Monthly Magazine
Date: June 1885
An account of one family's journey from New York to Kansas. Descriptions of sheep shearing, grasshopper swarms, tornadoes, and prairie fires, are described in the article.


Methodist Episcopal Church damage after cyclone, Baxter Springs, Kansas

Methodist Episcopal Church damage after cyclone, Baxter Springs, Kansas
Date: July 05, 1895
A photograph showing damage from a cyclone to the Methodist Episcopal Church in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Several people are gathered around the church or on the building rubble.


Repairs to the Kansas capitol dome, Topeka, Kansas

Repairs to the Kansas capitol dome, Topeka, Kansas
Date: August 1967
A color slide showing repairs to the Kansas capitol dome after it was damaged in the June 8, 1966 tornado in Topeka, Kansas.


Rexall Drug Store and Post Office, Alta Vista, Kansas

Rexall Drug Store and Post Office, Alta Vista, Kansas
Date: 1913
Two photographs showing the exterior view of the Rexall Drug Store and the Post Office in Alta Vista, Kansas. The first photograph shows damage from the 1912 tornado that struck Alta Vista. In the second photograph, two men are visible standing in front of the drug store, and another man is visible standing in front of the Post Office. The photograph identifies R. W. Hull as the proprietor. The sign above the corner door visible on the left side of the picture reads, "Drugs," and the sign above the windows reads, "Ice cream, candies, and cigars." Some advertising signs are partially visible in the window of the drug store. A small sign reading "Post Office" is partially visible in front of the windows of the building on the right.


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