Xenia in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Galloway Log House / Xenia Tornado, April 3, 1974
Galloway Log House (Side A)
James Sr. and Rebecca (Junkin) Galloway moved with their family to Greene County from Kentucky in 1798, constructing their first home, a small log cabin. Galloway built the present structure around 1799 near the bend in the Little Miami River near what is now Goes Station on U.S. 68. In 1936, the Greene County Historical Society moved the home to the corner of Second and Monroe streets and then to the present site in 1965. The 1974 Xenia Tornado caused serious damage to the building, which has been restored and maintained by the historical society. James Sr. served as a hunter during the American Revolution, procuring game for the army, and while in Ohio, was the first treasurer of Greene County. His son James Jr. served as the first County Surveyor.
Xenia Tornado - April 3, 1974 (Side B)
On April 3, 1974, at 4:40 p.m., a devastating tornado touched down here, destroying a large portion of the City of Xenia. The mile-wide tornado entered in the southwest quadrant of the city and did not leave the ground until it had demolished hundreds of homes, schools, and commercial buildings. A total of 34 lives were lost, including two National guardsmen who were in a building when it caught fire. Hundreds of people were injured with property losses exceeding more than $100 million.
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Greene County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 41.232′ N, 83° 55.851′ W. Marker is in Xenia, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Church Street near Detroit Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Greene County Historical Society. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 West Church Street, Xenia OH 45385, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Galloway Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Helen Hooven Santmyer (within shouting distance of this marker); April 3, 1974 Xenia Tornado Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greene County Civil War Memorial Desert Shield - Desert Storm - Persian Gulf Memorial (about 700 feet away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 0.2 miles away); 74th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greene County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Xenia.
Also see . . .
1. James Galloway Family. (Submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Xenia Tornado, April 3, 1974. (Submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Xenia, Ohio Tornado, April 3, 1974. (Submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Disasters • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.