Bloomington, IL Tornado, Jun 1902

Lumber Yard Suffers.

Parker Bros.’ lumber yard, out near the Illinois Central depot, was scattered over all that part of town. Piles of lumber were upset, boards, shingles and joists hurled through the air, and the mixture of different grades of lumber is said to be something remarkable.

Street Car Ditched.

The South Main street car was blown off the track on South Hill.

The skylight to part of the roof was blown off the roof of the residence of Charles I. Capen.

A tree at the house at the southeast corner of Olive and Gridley.

Stacks Blown Down.

The stacks were reported blown down at the packing house. This will be a great loss to the company.

The big chimney at the brewery, south of the city, was destroyed.

A tall smokestack at the American Foundry Company was blown down.

One Store Front Saved.

Sherman Wright’s front was saved from destruction by the prompt action of a young man named Mittler, who was standing by when the awning fell, and caught it, holding on until assistance reached him.

M’ Hugh’s Narrow Escape.

A tree at the corner of the Grace M.E. Church barely missed taking the life of Michael McHugh as he was passing on his hack.

The hackmen refused to transport people into the residence portion of the city on account of the impassability of the streets.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 11 Jun 1902


Bloomington, Ill., June 11.- Stretching across a pathway one hundred miles in width and devastating territory fully two hundred miles long, extending from Livingston county on the north and Macoupin county on the south and leaving its mark clear across central Illinois, a tornado last night inflicted property loss.

Street car service in Bloomington was resumed this evening, but it will be a week before the electric light plant will have its wires up.

Buildings at the power house were unroofed and the loss to the municipality will be many thousands of dollars.

The great loss in Bloomington was the destruction of thousands of shade trees. The streets today are in many cases impassable by reason of fallen trees.

The loss through the destruction of fruit trees will reach large proportions, many orchards being entirely leveled.

The cherry crop, which is now ready for picking will be saved partially, but with apples and other fruit’s the loss is total. Farmers report that corn will have a bad set-back, and that oats will suffer most heavily.

Farmers, with scarcely an exception, lost stock, barns or windmills. Numerous residences were moved from their foundations and sections wrecked.

Many brick yards at the edge of the city were destroyed, the long rows of sheds offering easy marks for the wind.

The government advisor found that between 11 and 11:30 p.m. last night an inch and a half of rain fell, the heaviest ever known in central Illinois in that length of time.

Bloomington’s pleasure resort, Miller Park, is a dreary waste, all its pavilions being demolished and trees blown down.

Des Moines Daily Leader, Des Moines, IA 12 Jun 1902