It was the day of the tornado
March 25, 1925, will forever be remembered as the day of the tornado.
According to U.S. Weather Bureau records, the tornado was born in the vicinity of Annapolis, Mo., at 1:15 p.m. It rumbled its way northeast, crossing into Illinois near Gorham in Jackson County at 2:25 p.m. The twister then roared on through Murphysboro, De Soto and West Frankfort before crossing the Wabash River into Indiana.
By the time it vanished into the clouds just beyond Princeton, Ind., that single tornado covered an incredible 219 miles, claimed 689 lives (742 according to some sources), injured another 2,756 and caused nearly $17 million in property damage ($228 million in today’s dollars).