American Disasters - Great Missouri 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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Continental Airlines Flight 11 __ "Continental Airlines Flight 11, registration N70775, was a Boeing 707 aircraft which exploded close to Centerville, Iowa while en route from O'Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois, to Kansas City, Missouri on May 22, 1962. The aircraft crashed in a clover field near Unionville, Missouri in Putnam County, Missouri killing all 45 crew and passengers on board. This was the first sabotage of a commercial jet aircraft in passenger service." an encyclopedic article with links to additional resources. - From wikipedia -

F5 Tornado Poplar Bluff MO April 2002 pictures from scenery ... __ Gallery of photos of tornado damage. - illustrated - From -

FEMA: Missouri State Disaster History __ Missouri 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 -

Historic Disasters: Missouri Disasters __ You will find a list of Missouri disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Hyatt Regency walkway collapse __ "The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a major disaster that occurred on July 17, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200 others during a tea dance." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

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

Missouri Tornadoes __ You will find original news accounts of several historic Missouri tornadoes from the 19th and early 20th centuries. - From -
Missouri tornadoes __ An index of articles about Missouri tornadoes found in wikipedia. - From wikipedia -


Missouri train wrecks __ You will find original news accounts of several historic Missouri train wrecks from the 19th and early 20th centuries. - From -

New Madrid Earthquake __ "The New Madrid Earthquake, the largest earthquake ever recorded in the contiguous United States, occurred on February 7, 1812." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

St. Louis, MO Mill Creek Sewer Explosion, July 1892  __ "Houses Demolished -- Railroad Tracks and Trains Swallowed Up -- Several Persons Killed and Injured -- Miraculous Escapes and Rescues." Read original news stories and find links to related material. - From -,-mo-mill-creek-sewer-explosion,-july-1892

Times Beach, Missouri __ "Times Beach, Missouri was a small town of 2,240 residents in St. Louis County, Missouri, 17 miles (27 km) southwest of St. Louis and 2 mi (3 km) east of Eureka, Missouri. The town was completely evacuated in the mid-1980s due to a dioxin scare that made national headlines. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the United States." an encyclopedic article with links to related material. - 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 -

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