McPherson, KS Tornado, Apr 1904


A Number of Homes Destroyed and Several Persons Injured.

A severe tornado struck McPherson, Kansas, Saturday afternoon, demolishing six residences and causing more or less other damage to property. Three persons were injured, one seriously. Much damage was done in the county north of McPherson.

Beyond McPherson the tornado followed the ground taking the path of an old water course. The tornado passed four miles east of Salina wrecking telephone and telegraph poles and farm property. Efforts made to follow the course of the storm by telephone were made, but all the wires are down. It is a miracle that great damage was not done at McPherson and many persons killed, as the tornado barely missed the thickly settled residence district.

The Idaho Chieftain, Soda Springs, Idaho, 14 Apr 1904



Structures Were Demolished and Many of the Occupants Barely Escaped with Life

McPherson, Kan., April 25. -- Reports from the country traversed by the tornado that passed through McPherson yesterday show that some of the finest farm houses n the country were destroyed. No lives were lost but half a dozen additional persons are known to have been injured. The farm house of Charles Jackson was destroyed and every member of the family hurt, none fatally.

The Grand Forks Daily Herald, Grand Forks, ND 26 Apr 1904