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Marion in Williamson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Marion Tornado Memorial

 
 
Marion Tornado Memorial Marker (<i>front side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
1. Marion Tornado Memorial Marker (front side)
Inscription.  
(front side)
In memory of
James Gulledge
Ferne Kobler
Zelma Latham
Lynn Sue Moore
Pauline Pearson
Mae Rader
James Simmons
Helen White
Leona White
Effie Jane Wilson
May 29, 1982
(back side)

On May 29, 1982
at 3:15 P.M. a
tornado struck
Marion leaving
10 dead
136 injured
161 homes destroyed
175 Apts.
destroyed
1000 homeless
47 businesses
destroyed
50 Million dollars
in losses

Dedicated in prayer
and thanksgiving
to those who
helped rebuild our
city
May 29, 1983

 
Erected 1983 by Citizens of the City of Marion.
 
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
 
Location. 37° 43.839′ N, 88° 55.631′ W. Marker is in Marion, Illinois, in Williamson County. Marker is at the intersection of Tower Square Plaza and South Market Street, in the median on Tower
Marion Tornado Memorial Marker (<i>back side; wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
2. Marion Tornado Memorial Marker (back side; wide view)
Square Plaza. Marker is located near the clock tower in Tower Square Plaza, facing south toward South Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1102 Tower Square Plaza, Marion IL 62959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bob Butler Biography (a few steps from this marker); Marion History (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Ft. Massac and Kaskaskia Trail (approx. 15.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  1982 Marion Illinois Tornado. On May 29, 1982, a deadly F4 tornado carved a 17-mile long path across Williamson County, Illinois, including the city of Marion. At times, the tornado was nearly a quarter mile wide. The tornado first touched down about 3 miles northwest of Carterville around 3:05 p.m. After moving southeast across Carterville to Crainville, the twister then paralleled Illinois Route 13 through Marion. (Submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Storm Path (<i>from May 1982 Storm Data report compiled by the NOAA National Weather Service</i>) image. Click for full size.
3. Storm Path (from May 1982 Storm Data report compiled by the NOAA National Weather Service)
Two major tornadoes occurred in southern Illinois on May 29th. The first, an F3, almost completely destroyed the small rural community of Conant. The second tornado carved a swath of F4 destruction through the north side of Marion, leaving 10 dead and 181 injured. The tornadoes paths, shown here F scale indicated where possible, were mapped from a Cessna 182 on June 1st by Duane Stiegler, University of Chicago.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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