The great earthquake and fire of San Francisco occurred on this date in 1906. It was a disaster of monumental proportions not only for the citizens of San Francisco, but also for the state of California and parts of the country. San Francisco, at that time was a noted cultural and emerging financial center - the New York of the West. Jack London is said to have noted: "Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed. San Francisco is gone." Of course, San Franciscans proved him wrong. In less than 10 years, the city was essentially rebuilt.
A lesser known disaster occurred in 1880 when an F4 tornado struck a Midwestern town. Its damage path was 800 yards wide and 64 miles long. The tornado killed 99 people and injured 100, and it is said that 10% of the town's residents were killed and all but 15 of its buildings were destroyed. According to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, a baby girl was found sleeping peacefully in the branches of a tall elm. The child was never identified and was later adopted by a local family.Today's question: What was the name of the town?
Labels: Disasters, Earthquake, Tornado