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Searsport in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Searsport Cyclone

May 22, 1921

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
Searsport Cyclone Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 25, 2011
1. Searsport Cyclone Marker
Inscription. It was about 1:30 PM - a hot still afternoon. Thunder clouds built up rapidly. A black funnel cloud appeared northwest of town. The air was full of dust and flying debris. The 1859 Phineas Pendleton House across the street was lifted 8 inches into the air and dropped back on the foundation. The cyclone took the steeple off the Methodist Church, threw a cow into the bay and picked up a barn, leaving the car inside. All this among other strange happenings before moving out to sea and causing a water spout 50 feet high. The photographs show the "before" and "after" destruction of the Havener house located on this site. It was a common local custom for a proud owner to have a professional photograph taken of his home. The "before" photo just happened to be taken the day before the cyclone.
 
Erected 2009 by Historic Preservation Committee, the Town of Searsport and the Searsport Community. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Location. 44° 27.27′ N, 68° 55.911′ W. Marker is in Searsport, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on West Main Street (Rt. US-1) south of Prospect Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Searsport ME 04974, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Searsport Cyclone Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 25, 2011
2. Searsport Cyclone Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Home of Clara Pendleton Blanchard (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Site of a Lumber Mill 1890 (approx. ¼ mile away); Searsport House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Raising the Flag (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Banking (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Making a Living (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Searsport.
 
More about this marker. Marker #14 (of 17) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Searsport Cyclone Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 25, 2011
3. Searsport Cyclone Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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