American Disasters - Great Indiana 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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Coliseum explosion __ "Oct. 31, 1963, will forever be ingrained in the memory of the people of Indianapolis. That night an explosion ripped through the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, claiming the lives of 74 people and injuring nearly 400." A news report. - illustrated - From -

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 -

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


Indiana Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Indiana floods, fires, Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks, tragic accidents ..." You will find original news stories about Indiana disasters. - From -

Indiana Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Indiana earthquakes. - From -

Indiana tornadoes __ You will find an index of wikipedia articles about Indiana tornadoes. - From wikipedia -  

Indiana Tornadoes __ Indiana tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by County. - From -


Indiana Train Wrecks __ You will find a list of train wrecks with each linked to original news articles. - 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/ -

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 - 


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