American Disasters - Great Oklahoma 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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Ardmore, OK Train Wreck, May 1902 __ "A construction train on the Choctaw Oklahoma & Gulf railway plunged through a high trestle twelve miles east of Ardmore this morning. Four men were killed and twenty-one injured, seven of the latter fatally." Original news articles and links to other resources. - From Jenni Lanham/ -

Babbs Switch Fire __ "The Babbs Switch Fire on December 24, 1924 killed thirty-six people in a one-room school house at Babbs Switch, Oklahoma, USA. Whole families died and more than half the dead were children." an encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -

Babbs Switch Fire __ "With the first blaze the people moved restlessly and some started for the only door. The tree was turned over in the effort to extinguish the fire, but served to spread the fire and wild excitement and terror spread. In two minutes the entire room was on fire." A detailed account. - illustrated - From Ethel Taylor -

Category:Oklahoma hurricanes __ A directory of links to wikipedia articles about hurricanes which have effected Oklahoma. - From wikipedia -

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

I-40 bridge disaster __ "The result was a 580 foot (180 m) section of the I-40 bridge plunging into the Arkansas River. Due to the location of the accident, automobiles and tractor trailers fell into the water, killing fourteen people." an encyclopedic article with links to related material. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

McCurtain, OK Mine Explosion, Oct 1922 __ " Survivors Believe Gas Became Ignited From Lamp Worn by Fire Boss Who Was Killed by Explosion." Original news articles plus links to additional resources. - From -

Oklahoma City Bombing __ You will find news stories, feature articles and editorial comment about the Oklahoma City Bombing. - From -

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

Oklahoma faces bridge tragedy __ "As of press time, 14 people were confirmed dead after a barge collided into an I-40 bridge, sending cars, trucks and trailers into the Arkansas River early Sunday morning." News article from the Oklahoma Daily about the disaster. - From -

Pawnee, OK Flood, May-June 1908 __ "The flood situation throughout Oklahoma is vastly improved today, although there has been but little traffic resumed on the railroads because of many brides being out....Practically all of the bridges are out on the Santa Fe between Guthrie and Pawnee." Original news articles. - From -


Texas-Oklahoma wildfires of 2005-06 __ "The Texas-Oklahoma wildfires of 2005-06 are a series of wildfires primarily in the states of Texas and Oklahoma that began November 27, 2005, and continue into April 2006. Surrounding states have also been affected to a lesser extent." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -  

Tulsa Race Riot __ "The Tulsa Race Riot, also known as the 1921 Race Riot, The Night That Tulsa Died, the Tulsa Race War, or the Greenwood Riot, was a large-scale civil disorder confined mainly to the racially segregated Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA in 1921. During the 16 hours of rioting, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire, and $1.8 million (nearly $17 million after adjustment for inflation) in property damage." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia - 

Two Oklahoma City disasters: the Oklahoma City bombing and the ... __ "...the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) responded to 2 disasters: the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, and the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma City and the surrounding area on May 3, 1999. We learned some important lessons about handling large numbers of donors, transporting blood supplies, planning for future disasters, and helping the public heal." An interesting article. - From Department of Health and Human Services -

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