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Lorain in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Lorain Tornado, 1924

 
 
The Lorain Tornado, 1924 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
1. The Lorain Tornado, 1924 Marker
Inscription. Just after 5:00 P.M on June 28, 1924, a tornado swept off Lake Erie directly into downtown Lorain. Within five minutes, seventy-eight people lost their lives. Fifteen died in the old State Theatre that stood upon this site, as an audience of two hundred watched a Saturday afternoon musical performance. More than one thousand suffered injuries. The tornado did extensive damage to the business district, destroyed 500 homes, and damaged a thousand more. The city's largest industry, the American Shipbuilding yards, was severely damaged. The tornado, which had hit Sandusky before striking Lorain, continued along the shoreline and struck Sheffield and Avon minutes later. Contemporary accounts listed eighty-two deaths resulting from the deadliest tornado in Ohio's history.
 
Erected 2001 by The Black River Historical Society-The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-47.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 28.067′ N, 82° 10.583′ W. Marker is in Lorain, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is on Black River Lane south of Erie Avenue (U.S. 6). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lorain OH 44052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Lorain Tornado, 1924 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
2. The Lorain Tornado, 1924 Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trading Post (approx. mile away); Founding of Lorain, Ohio (approx. mile away); Shipbuilding (approx. 0.3 miles away); Helen Steiner Rice (approx. 1.2 miles away); Burrell Homestead (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jay Terrell and his "Terrible Fish" (approx. 4.9 miles away); Sandstone Center of the World (approx. 5.5 miles away); 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorain.
 
Also see . . .  Severe Weather in Ohio - History & Photos. (Submitted on August 11, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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