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    Tracing the Path: The 1980 Kalamazoo Tornado

About the Exhibit

An online-only presentation.


Key Info

Type: Online
Clarksdale Press Register Mississippi
Forty years ago on May 13, 1980 a tornado bore down on Kalamazoo. In just 16 short minutes, the tornado left an 11-mile path of destruction, killing 5 people, seriously injuring 79, and causing over $50 million in damage.
The tornado touched down at 4:09 p.m. near the western edge of the city limits, striking the neighborhoods along the West Main corridor. After tearing through Mountain Home Cemetery, the twister leapt to the bottom of West Main Hill, plowing into the St. Augustine Cathedral. In Bronson Park, over two dozen trees that had stood for over 150 years were uprooted or damaged.

This online exhibit is an immersive site filled with stories, video footage, interviews, interactive newspapers from our collection, and more.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
General Admission Is Free

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