Great Cyclone at Fort Smith

Great Cyclone at Fort Smith (HM1QK8)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901
Country: United States of America

N 35° 23.1', W 94° 25.299'

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A cyclone, carrying death and destruction in its wake, visited Fort Smith at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 1898. Out of the western skies on an unusually balmy night came first an epic show of lightning followed by heavy winds. Then with the roar of a thousand freight trains a tornado of great proportion sprang from the Indian Territory, leaping over the Arkansas River and striking first at the National Cemetery then turning its force on Garrison Avenue, cutting a mile-long, 500 yard swath of destruction through Fort Smith. Property damage was placed at half a million dollars. As a beautiful morning dawned on January 12th, 55 people were dead or dying and 113 were seriously injured.
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HM NumberHM1QK8
Year Placed2012
Placed ByCity of Fort Smith and Others
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370878 N 3916667
Decimal Degrees35.38500000, -94.42165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.1', W 94° 25.299'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 6" N, 94° 25' 17.94" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 919 US-64, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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