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Shinnston in Harrison County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Shinnston Tornado

 
 
Shinnston Tornado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Forest McDermott, October 30, 2018
1. Shinnston Tornado Marker
Inscription.  At 8:30 p.m. on June 23, 1944, a large tornado struck this area without warning because weather news was banned during WWII. The violent tornado lifted the West Fork River from its bed and left path of destruction up to 1,000' wide. Storm claimed 153 lives in 4 states with over 800 injured. In Shinnston area 72 died, but volunteers saved countless lives.
 
Erected 2016 by Sponsored by the Shinnston Historical Association - West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 23, 1944.
 
Location. 39° 23.588′ N, 80° 18.445′ W. Marker is in Shinnston, West Virginia, in Harrison County. Marker is on S. Pike Street (U.S. 19), on the left when traveling north. At the entrance to the Trailhead parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shinnston WV 26431, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 6-Sided Communications Booth (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Levi Shinn House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Levi Shinn House - Built 1778 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Haywood Junction State Police Camp (approx. 1.2 miles away); Big Elm / Big Elm (approx. 1˝ miles away); Granville Davisson Hall (approx. 1˝ miles away); Lumberport (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shinnston.
 
Shinnston Tornado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Forest McDermott, October 30, 2018
2. Shinnston Tornado Marker
Looking north on Route 19, S. Pike Street
Shinnston Tornado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Forest McDermott, October 30, 2018
3. Shinnston Tornado Marker
At the entrance to W. Fork River Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2018, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2018, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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