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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 will 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.
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1919, July 21: Dirigible (Balloon) Crash __ "Two passengers, a mechanic and 10 employees of the Illinois Trust and Savings Bank died when the dirigible Winged Foot Express burned and fell through the skylight of the bank." A brief look. - illustrated - From Chicago Public Library - http://cpl.lib.uic.edu/004chicago/disasters/dirigible_crash.html
1995 Chicago heat wave __ "The 1995 Chicago heat wave led to approximately 600 heat-related deaths over a period of five days." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Heat_Wave_of_1995
American Airlines Flight 191 __ "At 3:02 p.m. an American Airlines DC 10 was cleared for take off. Two hundred seventy one people were aboard; the plane carried a full load of fuel. Immediately after takeoff, the No.1 engine on the port side of the plane fell off." A brief overview of the crash. - From ezl.com/~fireball - http://www.ezl.com/~fireball/Disaster06.htm
CPL Chicago: 1979, May 25: American Airlines Flight 191 __ "Historical information and source citations on the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 at O'Hare Airport, Chicago, May 25, 1979." - From chipublib.org - http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/disasters/flight191_crash.html
Eastland Disaster July 24, 1915 __ "The excursion steamer Eastland slowly rolled over at 7:28 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 1915. She was still moored to her dock between LaSalle and Clark Streets on the south bank of the Chicago River. Of the 2,572 persons on board, 844 perished--making this Chicago's worst single disaster." A brief
overview. - illustrated - From ezl.com/~fireball - http://www.ezl.com/~fireball/Disaster03.htm
Great Cherry Coal Mine Disaster __ " It began as a day like any other, except that the electrical system had broken down and the mines were lit the old-fashioned way. Kerosene torches were placed along the walls; but the miners were used to that and nobody was alarmed." A good look at the mine fire and links to related materials. - From The Illinois Labor History Society -
The Great Chicago Fire __ "The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday October 8 to early Tuesday October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about four square miles in Chicago, Illinois." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Chicago_Fire
The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory: Welcome __ You will find photos and drawings, articles, essays and eyewitness accounts of the October 9, 1871 fire that killed over 300 persons and destroyed much of the city. - illustrated - From Chicago Historical Society and the Trustees of Northwestern University - http://www.chicagohs.org/fire/
Illinois Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Illinois earthquakes. - From usgs.gov - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states.php?region=Illinois
Illinois Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine ... __ "Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Illinois floods, fires, Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks, ..." Read first hand news accounts. - From gendisasters.com - http://www.gendisasters.com/il/
Iroquois Theater Fire __ "Chicago's most deadly fire occurred less than a month after the opening of the new, supposedly fireproof Iroquois Theater at 24-28 W. Randolph. It was standing room only for a holiday matinee of the popular musical "Mr. Blue Beard, Jr." Of the 1,900 people in the audience, mostly women and children, 603 perished." A good look at the story. - From ezl.com/~fireball - http://www.ezl.com/~fireball/Disaster02.htm
Iroquois Theater Fire __ "The Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, Illinois, claimed 602 lives on December 30, 1903. It is, as of 2007, the single-building fire in U.S. history with the most fatalities, claiming over 100 more fatalities than the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - from wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroquois_Theater_Fire
Naperville - April 25, 1946 __ "The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Advance Flyer bound for Nebraska had made an unscheduled stop at the Naperville station to attend to a maintenance problem when it was struck by the railroad's Exposition Flyer traveling at an estimated 80 mph." - illustrated - From waymarking.com - http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM17XK
Tri-State Tornado __ "The Great Tri-State Tornado of Wednesday, March 18, 1925, crossed from south eastern Missouri, through southern Illinois, then into southwestern Indiana, and was the deadliest tornado in U.S. history. With 695 confirmed fatalities,..." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Tornado
Tri-State Tornado in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana - 1925 __ "Widely considered the most powerful and devasting tornado in American history, the Great Tri-State Tornado ripped through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18, 1925. It's uninterrupted 219-mile treck killed 695 people, injured more than 2000, destroyed about 15,000 homes, and damaged more than 164 square miles. You will find a detailed report. - illustrated - From weather.com - http://www.weather.com/newscenter/specialreports/sotc/storm7/page1.html
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