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.
DC-3 Crashes Killing U. of Evansville Basketball Team __
"...a Douglas DC-3 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team and
associated personnel, crashed after hitting a tree shortly after takeoff at
the Evansville Dress Regional Airport, Indiana. All 29 persons aboard died
in the crash." - From super70s.com -
FEMA: Indiana State Disaster History __ Indiana 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 -
Hammond Circus Train Wreck __ "The Hammond circus train wreck occurred on
June 22, 1918, and was one of the worst circus train wrecks in U.S. history.
86 persons died and another 127 were injured when a locomotive engineer fell
asleep and ran his train into the rear of another near Hammond, Indiana." An
encyclopedic article with links to related material. - illustrated - From
Princeton, Owensville, & Griffin, IN Tornado, Mar 1925 __
"Three Indiana towns, Princeton, Owensville and Griffin, today were engaged
in the work of digging their dead and injured from the wreckage of homes,
stores and office buildings by the tornado." You will find original news
accounts. - From Loraine Jordan/gendisasters.com -
Ramada Inn Crash __ "The Ramada Inn Air Crash and Fire was
an aircraft accident that occurred at the Airport Ramada Inn in
Indianapolis, Indiana when a United States Air Force pilot missed the runway
and the plane crashed into a nearby Ramada Inn." An encyclopedic article
with links to related material. - From wikipedia -
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 -
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 -
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 -