"It started just like any other, normal day.
We heard the tornado sirens, but we
didn't pay much attention to them since
they always go off in bad weather.
We have lived here since 1968 and had
experienced the drills repeatedly. This one
was eerily different."
- John Hunter
"The Lord is watching over all of us, and
He knew we needed this to come together
and that's what we had and did."
- Anita Stokes
"I saw so many people helping each
other and everyone's genuine concern for
- Deanna Fanning
"Something just clicks. It clicks inside of
your heart. It's like you move unconsciously,
just by instinct that you need to help those
- David Willard
"I just take it one day at a time. I take
everything to God. Without my faith in
God, there is absolutely no way I would be
standing here today able to function."
- Pamela Jean Prater
"I have a new perspective on life now.
Things that I used to be afraid of, I'm not
afraid of anymore; and I can't explain it.
I've never been happier in
never been more content."
- Leroy Wheeler
For full stories of tornado accounts, please
visit our website: storiesofjoplin.drury.edu
Erected by TKF Foundation and the City of Joplin.
Location. 37° 3.832′ N, 94° 31.805′ W. Marker is in Joplin, Missouri, in Jasper County. Marker is on Maiden Lane north of 26th Street/Gabby Street Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is part of the Butterfly Garden and Overlook. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cunningham Park, Joplin MO 64804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recovery Efforts: After the Storm (here, next to this marker); The Butterfly People (here, next to this marker); Tornado Statistics - May 22, 2011 - Joplin, MO (here, next to this marker); St. John's Regional Medical Center (a few steps from this marker); Butterfly Garden and Overlook (a few steps from this marker); Joplin Tornado Memorial, Volunteer Tribute and Children's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); A Tribute to the Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Miracle of the Human Spirit - Joplin 2011 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joplin.
Also see . . .
1. Stories of Joplin: Let your story be heard
2. National Geographic 2015 - Witness Joplin Tornado Full Documentary HD 2015. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Butterfly Garden and Overlook. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on October 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.