Baxter Springs, KS Tornado, Jul 1895

THE DEADLY CYCLONE

The City of Baxter Springs Laid Waste By a Twister Yesterday.

SIX PERSONS INSTANTLY KILLED

Several Others Fatally Injured and Scores Maimed and Crippled – Everything in the Path of the Storm Leveled to the Ground

Baxter Springs, Kan., July 6. --- Baxter Springs is in ruins. Five people were killed and about twenty others wounded, the result of a tornado or twisting cyclone that struck the town last evening about 6 o'clcok.

The dead are SALLIE WEBSTER, FLORENCE WEBSTER, RALPH WEBSTER, H. HIBBS and the infant child of THOMAS SHIELDS.

Scores of men, women and children in town are more or less injured, some fatally. Those reported are MRS. NEAL, both collar bones broken and internal injuries: JAMES NEAL, head wound and internal injuries; ROXY WEBSTER, right arm and right hip broken; MRS. MARTHA SMITH'S hip was dislocated and she received internal injuries; ETTA SMITH, internal injuries; GEORGE A. DICKER, head wounds; A. G. HANCOCK, serious head wound; MRS. THOMAS SHIELDS, fatal internal injuries. Three members of A. SHARPE'S family are badly hurt.

There seems to have been two currents of winds which struck the town, one going north and the other west. These met near the Methodist church, joined forces and turned east, doing serious damage to property before meeting, but after coming together the destruction of property was complete. In the track of the current going north the passenger depot was the first thing damaged.

Further on much damage was done to residence property, shade trees and everything in the way. The current going west seemed to be stronger. It struck some residences west of the freight depot, doing serious damage. Twenty-eight cars were thrown from the track and were badly damaged. The depot was moved from its foundation, the roof wrecked and contents badly flooded.

ASPEN WEEKLY TIMES COLORADO 1895-07-13