Tri-State Tornado of 1925 United State's Deadliest Tornado

Here are the Facts:

  1. The tornado occurred on March 18th, 1925.
  2. Estimated damage was $16.5 million. That would equal $1.4 billion in 2011.
  3. States affected include Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Tornadoes were also reported in Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
  4. The path was 235 miles.
  5. Average width was 3,600 feet, however at times the width reached over 1 mile
  6. The tornado lasted 3 hours, 30 minutes.
  7. First touchdown was 3 miles NNW of Ellington, MO at 1:01 PM
  8. Dissipated 3 miles SW of Petersburg, IN at 4:30 PM
  9. Average speed was 62 MPH, with a record setting speed of 73 MPH at one point.
  10. 695 deaths and 2,027 injuries.
  11. 9 schools across the three states were destroyed. 69 students were killed.
Surface Pattern and Tornado Track

Tornado Track and Impacts Map from

A view of the damage in southwest Muphysboro, IL

The entire second story of the De Soto School was collapsed by the tornado. - From Stormstalker

Griffin, IN - From Stormstalker.

What is left of a home southwest of Griffin, IN. - From Stormstalker.

Nearly every home destroyed on the northwest side of West Frankfort, IL - From Stormstalker.

Aerial view of the western side of West Frankfort, IL. - From Stormstalker.

A view of the southwest side of Gorham, IL - From stormstalker.

A colorized image of Murhysboro, IL - From stormstalker.

The Logan School can be seen in the background. - From stormstalker.

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