Cheyenne, WY Tornado Damage, July 1979
CHEYENNE TORNADO INJURES 37.
Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP) -- Stunned by Cheyenne's first tornado in history, residents today resume searching the rubble of more than 200 homes in affluent sections of the city.
The twister injured 37 persons, five of whom were hospitalized. A 14-month-old boy, DAVID McKINNON, died of head injuries when his family's mobile home was torn apart, authorities said.
"No one ever thought we would ever have a tornado in Cheyenne, Wyoming," Mayor DON ERICKSON said, "but we had one."
The twister bounced across Cheyenne about 3:40 p.m. Monday, departing the city about half an hour later and leaving what ERICKSON estimated to be more than 200 damaged homes. The mayor said his estimate of the damage was "a very wild estimate. It's not scientific in any regard."
He said the funnel cut across a two-block wide area for 4 to 5 miles within the city limits. "It hit more than once," he said. "It might have hit half a dozen times."
As the twister came close, NORMA McCLELLAN urged her two teen-age children to get in the car and outrun it, but her son disagreed. The family took shelter in their basement, and when the sound ended, came upstairs to find their home destroyed.
The Paris News Texas 1979-07-17