Gainesville, GA Tornado, Apr 1936

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This early morning tornado was a double tornado event. One tornado moved in from the Atlanta highway, while the other moved in from the Dawsonville highway. The two merged on Grove Street and destroyed everything in sight, causing wreckage pileups of up to 10 feet in some places. The worst tornado-caused death toll in a single building in U.S. history was at the Cooper Pants Factory. The multiple story building, filled with young workers, collapsed and caught fire, killing 70 people. At the Pacolet Mill, 550 workers averted a tragedy by moving to the northeast side of the building. Many people sought refuge in Newnan's department store; however, it collapsed, killing 20 people.

The final death toll could not be calculated because many of the buildings that were hit collapsed and caught fire. A 203 person death toll was posted, with 40 missing. Letters from Gainesville, Georgia were blown 67 miles away to Anderson, South Carolina.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_Tupelo-Gainesville_tornado_outbreak

Articles about the deadly tornado that hit Gainesville, Georgia in April 1936.

Comments

I have the original Tornado Book

I have the original Tornado Book that was printed with before and after pictures of the 1936 Gainesville, Ga Tornado. Both my Mother and Father had stories of survival and accounts of what they were doing.

Great

i just wanted you to know that I'm doing a project and this article gave me some great information!!!!!!!

tornado book

Is there a list of those who were killed that day, and do your parents or anyone else have stories of the Jones family that lived there. I am interested in them any info will be appreciated.

J J Barclay
jnonnieo3@comcast.net

Gainesville, Ga Tornado1936

I was there on April 6' 1936 when the Gainesville, Ga Tornado struck.

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Gainesville, Ga Tornado1936

I was there on April 6' 1936 when the Gainesville, Ga Tornado struck.

706 768 1488