Jacksonville, IL Tornado Destruction, Aug 1872


Chicago, Ill., Aug. 29. -- A Jacksonville, Ill., dispatch says: A terrible tornado passed over this city and vicinity last night. About half of the roof of CAPP'S woolen mills was torn off, and a third of the roof of the Jacksonville Home Woolen mills. The walls of the West Charge Methodist Episcopal Church, in course of construction, were blown down. Several barns and small houses were upset and torn to pieces, while shade and forest trees were snapped off and sent whirling through the air with terrible force. The corn and the fences throughout the country are flattened, and the damage is very great, if there has not been a loss of life. The storm is the severest that has visited this vicinity for many years. The weather here is not yet settled, and the Dexter Park races may have to be still further postponed.

The New York Times New York 1872-08-30