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.
Ashtabula, OH Train Wreck - Bridge Disaster
__ "...It is
estimated that there were one hundred and seventy-five passengers on the
train, at least one third of whom were killed, burned to death or frozen. "
A good overview. - From gendisasters.com -
Cleveland East Ohio Gas Explosion __ "Cleveland East Ohio Gas Explosion
occurred on the afternoon of Friday, October 20, 1944. The resulting gas
leak, explosion and fires killed 130 people and destroyed a one square mile
area on Cleveland, Ohio's east side." an encyclopedic article. - From
Cleveland, OH Clinic Explosion and Fire, May 1929 __ "Poison
gas and two explosions which followed burning of X-ray films in the
Cleveland clinic today claimed nearly 100 lives. Tonight there were 98 known
dead and hospital authorities worked desperately to administer artificial
respiration to 43 others who were overcome." Original news articles and
links to related material. - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com -
Collinwood School Fire __ "The Collinwood School Fire (also known as the
Lake View School Fire) of Ash Wednesday, March 4, 1908 was one of the
deadliest disasters of its type in the United States during its era." An
encyclopedic article. - illustrated - from wikipedia -
Doodlebug Train Disaster __ "July 31, 1940 6:00PM at Front
Street and Hudson Drive. Gasoline-Electrical shuttle train met head on with
a freight train and in one instant 350 gallons of fuel exploded all over
everything. 43 lives lost and many more were affected forever." Now you can
read the 'long' description. - illustrated - From waymarking.com -
FEMA: Ohio State Disaster History __ Ohio 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 -
Golden Age Nursing Home Fire __ "The Golden Age Nursing Home Fire took place
in the pre-dawn hours of November 23, 1963 near Fitchville, Ohio, USA,
killing 63 elderly people. The disaster has largely been forgotten since it
came in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy,..." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Lakeview Elementary School Fire __ "On March 4, 1908, A fire swept though
the Lakeview Elementary School in Collinwood, Ohio. At 9:30 AM the 366
children were just settling in and in less than 30 minutes 172 students and
2 teachers would be dead." A brief overview and what the results were. -
From ezl.com/~fireball -
Ohio Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and
more __ Ohio Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Ohio
floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions,
more. Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -
Millfield Mine Disaster __ "“They are all dead!" Thus did “Andy" Ginnan,
mine rescue worker, call to Ohio Mine Inspector E. W. Smith and to the group
of a dozen or more grim, grief-stricken Athens county miners who stood
silently around the airshaft of Sunday Creek Coal Company Mine No.6 at
Millfield." A full account of this tragedy. - From gravewalking.com -
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 -
TWA Flight 553 __ "TWA Flight 553, registration N1063T, was
a Douglas DC-9-15 enroute from Pittsburgh to Dayton that collided in mid-air
with a Beechcraft Baron over Urbana, Ohio on March 9, 1967. All 21
passengers, and four crew members, were killed, along with the pilot of the
Beechcraft." an encyclopedic entry with links to related material. - From
Xenia Tornado __ A first hand account and photos of the
Xenia, Ohio tornado of 1974. - illustrated - From xeniatornado.com -