American Disasters - Great Montana 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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Anaconda, MT Stewart Mine Explosion, Sept 1900 __ "Two men were killed in the Stewart mine some time during yesterday morning's early shift. They were TIMOTHY KELLY and JAMES MURRAY, single. Their bodies were torn into shreds and bits by an explosion, the cause of which is fixed only by conjecture." You will find original news articles and links to related material. - From Linda Houston/ -

Butte, MT Fire & Explosion, Jan 1895 __ "...the powder exploded killing every fireman except two. While the dead and wounded were being removed another explosion occurred which killed more persons, including several policemen and citizens. Many persons were torn to fragments and others were shocked to death by the concussion. Later a third explosion occurred increasing the number of deaths and adding to the ruin and devastation." You will find original news articles and links to related material. - From -

FEMA: Montana State Disaster History __ Montana 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 - 

Havre, MT Cloudbursts Cause Great Flooding, June 1938 __ "...Nine persons drowned and a baby was missing Thursday night in cloudburst flood waters that surged into north central Montana rivers out of normally dry coulees and gulches. Farmers evacuated their homes in the valley flats of the Milk river, swollen by the coulee torrents. The towns of Malta and Harlem built bulwarks against the advancing flood stream." You will find original news reports and more. - From Stu Beitler/ -,-mt-cloudbursts-cause-great-flooding,-june-1938

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


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

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

Montana Tornadoes __ All known Montana tornadoes from 1880 to 2000, listed by county. - From -

Montana's Worst Natural Disaster __ "IN THE SECOND WEEK OF JUNE 1964, the worst natural disaster in Montana's recorded history descended on the state in the form of heavy rains that quickly turned once picturesque creeks into raging, mile-wide rivers. Dams, roads, and railroads washed out, homes and ranches were swept away, and thirty people died." A detailed look at the storm. - From Montana: The Magazine of Western History -


Natural disasters in Montana __ An index of articles about natural disasters in Montana found in wikipedia - From wikipedia -

Northwest Airlines Flight 1 __ "Northwest Airlines Flight 1, registration NC17389, was a Lockheed 14H Super Electra aircraft which crashed approximately mile southwest of the Miles City, Montana airport on January 13, 1939. All four on board were killed in the accident." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -

Northwest Airlines Flight 2 __ "Northwest Airlines Flight 2, registration NC17388, was a Lockheed 14H Super Electra aircraft which crashed into the Bridger Mountains about 12 miles northeast of Bozeman, Montana, on January 10, 1938. All ten on board were killed in the accident, which was the first fatal crash of both a Northwest Airlines aircraft and a Lockheed Super Electra." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -

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