Tornado (1951)

Trevor Dickerson shares a neat connection to tornado hit Richmond in June of 1951:

I remember my late grandma telling me a story once of a terrible windstorm or tornado coming through Byrd Park where she lived a long, long time ago, and I figured out this must have been it based on the map of the twister (below) that had it crossing the James River just south of Byrd Park, and then ripping into The Fan and going straight down Cary Street between Meadow Street and turning towards Monroe Park near the VCU campus.

The RTD has a stunning photo of the damage to 1411 West Cary Street.

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TOP PHOTO: via Library of Virginia / MAP: VCU Library Archives

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