Terre Haute, Indiana: 1913. [Natural Disaster] Terre Haute Indiana Archive of Photos Documenting the 1913 Tornado and Flood (45 Images).
Grouping of 45 loose photos ranging from 28 images approximately 4.75 x 6.5 (with several panoramic images) to 17 images measuring about 8 x 10 inches. Sizes vary as this seems to be a collection of photos from a variety of sources, including several removed from a scrapbook. Three photos have small tears within the photo from removal from the scrapbook. As such, the quality varies from good to very good. Edge wear and light soiling is common; several photos are dry mounted on grey paper.
In 1913 a series of storms pummeled the Midwest with tornados and rain resulting in millions of dollars of damage and at least 650 deaths. In Terre Haute Indiana, Easter Sunday began as a pleasant sunny day, but by night's end, large portions of the town were left in ruin with 17 dead. The days following, rain continued as levee after levee breached inundating much of the area resulting in an additional four lives lost.
This collection presents a stark look at the devastation. Most of the photos have typed captions including many with specific addresses plus many have notations in the negative. Ten photos are signed in manuscript, "G.D. Noyes" whom we were unable to trace.
A dramatic collection. Item #282